U for Blue? Why?

  • #1
    Can someone explain to me the origins of how U came to be the generally accepted abbreviation for blue?

    Blue is before black on the color wheel: shouldn't blue get first choice?
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  • #2
    BLack
    BLue

    U is the first letter they don't share. It may not be the best option, but it is the established one.
  • #3
    Quote from MakoEyesX
    BLack
    BLue

    U is the first letter they don't share. It may not be the best option, but it is the established one.


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  • #4
    If you look at test cards for Beta, they were already using the abbreviation there. Personally, I think it's because the U looks like a blue mana symbol (tear drop).
  • #5
    Quote from MakoEyesX
    BLack
    BLue

    U is the first letter they don't share. It may not be the best option, but it is the established one.


    I'm well aware that blue and black share many letters. My question is why blue had to choose the alternate letter instead of black.
  • #6
    Ultramarine is a shade of blue? There, job's a goodun. Black sneaks in ahead in the dictionary too.
  • #7
    U sounds much more like "Blue" than A does "Black."

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    Because then we would have WBARG instead of WUBRG? seriously probably just like Areo said, because U is more like blue than A, C, or K is Black
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  • #9
    Black is greedy, so it took B for itself.
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  • #10
    Black got the B because it comes first alphabetically.
  • #11
    Maro already told us why Blue is U. Here

    Half-way down the page.

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  • #12
    Blue is U because that's the way they wanted it to be, it's been established that U is blue, so therefore U is blue.

    I really couldn't imagine or picture it any other way, B for Black sounds preferable to any other alternative, and U works just fine for Blue, it's graphically similiar to it's symbol, so it works fine.
  • #13
    Black couldn't be A...A is for Artifact...Black would then move to C, but C is for Colorless...which leaves K

    WBKRG just sounds like a radio station in the 70's...
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    Quote from darkspellcards
    Black couldn't be A...A is for Artifact...Black would then move to C, but C is for Colorless...which leaves K

    WBKRG just sounds like a radio station in the 70's...


    Not to mention K = Black could make some cards a little awkward for example Bridge from Below.

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  • #15
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    Not to mention K = Black could make some cards a little awkward for example Bridge from Below.


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  • #18
    From MaRo:
    The second letter for both colors is "L". As I showed above, "L" means land. The powers that be wanted to use the first letter whenever possible, so land got to keep "L." Black's third letter is "A." A is reserved for artifacts. This meant that Blue had "U" and "E" and Black had "C" and "K." (In the early days before Wizards spelled it out, incidentally, some players used "K" for black.) Why did we end up going with U? Basically because it was earlier in it's word than Black's "C" or "K."

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  • #20
    I was wondering this too. In other fields, B and K are a pretty standard one-letter short forms for blue and black, respectively. e.g. RGB vs CMYK.
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  • #21
    Quote from InfinityAlarm
    From MaRo:
    The second letter for both colors is "L". As I showed above, "L" means land. The powers that be wanted to use the first letter whenever possible, so land got to keep "L." Black's third letter is "A." A is reserved for artifacts. This meant that Blue had "U" and "E" and Black had "C" and "K." (In the early days before Wizards spelled it out, incidentally, some players used "K" for black.) Why did we end up going with U? Basically because it was earlier in it's word than Black's "C" or "K."

    There you go, OP.
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