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Word of the Week: Blaumann

Never fear, the "blue man" is here. This German word isn't associated with a performance group, and isn't even a human.

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He's there when you need him, when things get dirty or when there's a tough job to be done. Whether you're moving, redecorating, spring cleaning or mixing concrete - you should always have a Blaumann handy.

So who is this Blaumann? A strongman? Master painter? A tiler?

No, no, and no. Blaumann might translate to "blue man" in English, but he doesn't belong to the human species. Rather, a Blaumann is a piece of clothing. The word refers to a blue pair of work overalls.

A Blaumann is the perfect partner. He won't rip, and all manner of tools can fit into his numerous, expansive pockets. A Blaumann can be worn by both men and women, and although mostly blue, the trusty suits also exist in orange, green and red. But despite the expanding range of color options, the name Blaumann isn't going anywhere.

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