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be blue

Description used in German for one intoxication - "someone is blue", that is, he is drunk. To be blue is the corruption of a Yiddish-Hebrew term for being in nothingness. According to another version, this is due to a work-related break in the wool dyeing. One dyed the wool with an air-bleeding dye (indigo), left it on the dye bath on Sunday to allow it to dry on Monday. On Mondays, the journeymen could thus "make blue" (indulge in idleness). According to old craft rule, the color broth was mixed with urine for a better color development, whereby the color was allegedly even better when the dyers had drunk copious amounts of alcohol. See also below alcoholism,

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