Wondrous Words Wednesday is a fun meme hosted by Kathy at Bermudaonion's Weblog where you can share new words you've come across in your reading or just spotlight words you love.
My word this week comes from THE EMPTY GLASS by J.I. Baker:
"The window had puce lace curtains that dragged like bridal trains on the checkerboard floor."
Now, I have seen and heard this word before, but honestly, I never really knew what color it was! It sounds kind of gross, huh?
The online dictionaries say puce is a color somewhere between brownish purple, grayish purple, dark brown and deep red. Hmm.
The word is French for flea, and according to Wikipedia, "the color is said to be the color of the bloodstains remaining on linen or bedsheets, even after being laundered, from a flea's droppings or after a flea has been killed." Eww.
The hex color code for puce is #CC8899, which looks like the box below:
I don't know. In spite of its less than pleasant origins, I think puce looks very pretty on the computer! :-)