Nolongerhere. (windxalchemist) wrote in bleachness,

What's up with the title?

Whenever I see the title Bleach, I just kind of go WTF.
I mean, I love this series to death and all, but in the whole time that I've known of this series, I just went "WTF is this?"

Trying to be a smart little researcher I went to! :D
And I was trying to find multiple meanings to this title: Bleach. 

And one of them, surprisingly, was this.

Online Etymology Dictionary - Cite This Source - Share This
O.E. blæcan, from P.Gmc. *blaikos "white," from PIE *bhleg- "to gleam," root of blanche, blank, bleak and probably black. The connection seems to be "burning, blazing, shining, whiteness." That the same root yielded words for "black" and "white" is probably because both are colorless, and perhaps because both are associated with burning. Bleachers (1889, Amer.Eng.) were so-named because the boards were bleached by the sun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper

The whole thing is here.

The definition also mentions "To turn white." As we recall in the very first chapter of Bleach, Rukia's shinigami uniform is stripped away from her, and she is left in the white robe.

Windy has overanalyzed?
Probably so.

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