Thursday, March 18, 2010
I learnt a new word today, a word I don't think I had ever heard of before. In my late thirties and still learning new words, how exciting!
My new word for the day 'ecru' the shade greyish-pale yellow or a light greyish-yellowish brown.
It is often used to describe such fabrics as silk and linen in their unbleached state. 'Ecru' comes from the French word écru, which means literally 'raw' or 'unbleached'.
In the 1930s and before, 'ecru' was considered to be the same colour as the colour beige but since the 1950s 'ecru' and beige have been regarded as two different colours.
Am I the only one who learnt the meaning of a new word today?