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It's petrel, not petrol, when talking about the colour...

(83 Posts)
MirandaGoshawk Thu 17-Oct-13 16:10:54

It's spelt wrongly in all the bloody clothes catalogues. Have they not noticed that petrol, if you spill a drop a fiver's worth is clear?

A petrel, OTOH, is a bird. A blue one. Petrel blue. Can we start a campaign?

Hassled Thu 17-Oct-13 21:48:52

I don't care if Miranda is right or wrong - I've learned that there is a name for a shade of bluey grey, and prior to this I had no idea. This thread is a valuable public service.

KellyHopter Thu 17-Oct-13 21:53:20

It was never petrel blue thlgrin

You were just as wrong in the old days as you are now.

MirandaGoshawk Thu 17-Oct-13 21:54:33

Rusty, not quite as old as you grin

Maybe it depends on where you live. But I don't really believe that; more about exposure to certain words/phrases in your school or family.

DisappointedHorse Thu 17-Oct-13 21:54:53

Surely it's just easier to call it teal? grin

SwedishEdith Thu 17-Oct-13 21:57:02

You just want to claim colours are named after birds because you are a Goshawk grin

ouryve Thu 17-Oct-13 21:58:08


OhBuggerandArse Thu 17-Oct-13 21:58:48

I think you're thinking of the wrong colour of blue, that doesn't help.

Petrol blue is sort of dark greeny blue.

OhBuggerandArse Thu 17-Oct-13 22:00:05

(Slightly alarmed by the petrol blue corsets on that link. Why, I ask - why?)

HangingGardenofBabbysBum Thu 17-Oct-13 22:00:12

I also believed it was named for the bird.

Spent a lot if time trying to get my art teacher to say 'blue tit' then sniggering delightedly.

In my world, a petrel is a greyish blue bird, exactly the same colour as my son's eyes.

Gutted I might be wrong...

ZingDollyChops Thu 17-Oct-13 22:06:03

it's petrol blue even in Hungarian (petrol kék).

I've never heard of petrel.confused

VoiceofRaisin Thu 17-Oct-13 22:06:07

Petrol for boats is taxed at a low rate and so is dyed to deter tax evasion. Like tractor fuel is often dyed red for the same reason. Anthraquinone dyes are used for blue shades as they are soluble in hydrocarbons. I wonder why the catalogues don't call it Anthraquinone Blue instead of Petrol Blue? wink

SwedishEdith Thu 17-Oct-13 22:07:46

This is how I see petrol blue

And google Images agrees <definitive>

EthelredOnAGoodDay Thu 17-Oct-13 22:12:24

My school uniform, back in the 90s was petrol blue (bet you are jealous of that beauty...) Always written as petrol blue, not a bird in sight.

MirandaGoshawk Thu 17-Oct-13 22:26:32

I give you:
petrel blue

KellyHopter Thu 17-Oct-13 22:33:29

Oh're right after all

HangingGardenofBabbysBum Thu 17-Oct-13 23:35:27

<flick flacks in, high fives OP, departs triumphantly for ashram waving petrel blue mat aloft.>

Oh yes.

OhBuggerandArse Thu 17-Oct-13 23:36:42


timidviper Thu 17-Oct-13 23:40:51

I have always thought it was petrol blue but then I grew up in a city and wouldn't know a petrel if it pecked me on the arse!

BillyBanter Thu 17-Oct-13 23:41:40

I prefer teal.

Orangeanddemons Fri 18-Oct-13 07:47:26

When I was a menswear designer for 10 years, it was always petrol blue

VoiceofRaisin Fri 18-Oct-13 08:33:57

Miranda, now you know better, I hope you have written to that yoga company telling them of their mistaken spelling wink

nonmifairidere Fri 18-Oct-13 09:19:21

Snowy Petrels are white. I've got a petrel white blouse, don't cha know.

LunaticFringe Fri 18-Oct-13 09:24:38

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ohmymimi Fri 18-Oct-13 09:36:29

Curses on Muphry - Snow Petrel

Trills Fri 18-Oct-13 09:38:20

I'm afraid that I am going to believe the OED.

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