Monday, November 4, 2013


Auburn is an interesting word.

"The word "auburn" comes from the Old French word alborne, which meant blond, coming from Latin word alburnus ("off-white")."

Blond? Well... I live in an area where there are many Middle Eastern refugees, and most of them are dark, but every now and then there's a red-head among them. They look like this boy from Syria. So perhaps that WAS blond to the Romans.

"Auburn hair is mistaken for Titian hair frequently. While Titian hair is a brownish shade of red hair, auburn hair is specifically a variety of red hair, such as strawberry-blond, encompassing the actual color red. Most definitions of Titian hair describe it as a brownish-orange color, but some describe it as being reddish. This is in reference to red hair itself, not the color red."
Uh? So "Titian hair" means red hair and can be almost any clearly red hair, whereas "auburn" refers to a specific color. Or?
Actually, Titian hair is just another way of saying "red hair", because Titian loved painting red-haired women.
Flora by Titian
Actually, they were blond to him, so not quite red-haired... a bit of... toffee? :-D

"Auburn encompasses the color maroon, but so too do chestnut and burgundy. In contrast with the two, auburn is more red in color, while chestnut is more brown, and burgundy is more purple; chestnut hair is also often referred to as "chestnut-brown"."
So that you know :-D
I assume you know exactly as little of auburn as you did before :-D

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