Raw Blue

We’ve got the Michgan v. Illinois game on the TV right now and wouldn’t you know, there’s a little bit of German to be learned!

#88, a defensive end, bears a German name.

[Photo from larrysphatpage‘s Flickr]

Craig Roh.

Roh is an adjective meaning “raw.” It can be used to describe food, unpocessed materials, and even people’s behavior. Wiktionary has a great breakdown of the etymological development of the word from the Proto-Germanic to the Old High German rao, if you’re interested in that sort of thing.

The name also has an artistic history: Franz Roh, an art historian and critic, coined the term “Magical Realism.” That’s something new that I learned!

Back to the game now. Go Blue!

Wörterbuch

roh (adj.) = raw