Hex colour reference: #cc6666
A colourful note: fuzzy wuzzy is the Crayola name for an orangey-brown colour that joined the Crayola family in 1997.
The origin of the name is not entirely clear.
The term Fuzzy Wuzzy appears to have fallen into the English vocabulary as the result of a Rudyard Kipling poem that honoured the bravery of the Hadendoa warriors who fought the British army in the Sudan.
We’ve fought with many men acrost the seas,
An’ some of ’em was brave an’ some was not:
But the Fuzzy was the finest o’ the lot.
Then ‘ere’s to you, Fuzzy-Wuzzy, an’ the missis and the kid;
Our orders was to break you, an’ of course we went an’ did.
We sloshed you with Martinis, an’ it wasn’t ‘ardly fair;
But for all the odds agin’ you, Fuzzy-Wuz, you broke the square.
So ‘ere’s to you, Fuzzy-Wuzzy, at your ‘ome in the Soudan;
You’re a pore benighted ‘eathen but a first-class fightin’ man;
An’ ‘ere’s to you, Fuzzy-Wuzzy, with your ‘ayrick ‘ead of ‘air –
You big black boundin’ beggar – for you broke a British square!
These brave warriors had had hair like mine (when I was a child) it seems!
More Fuzzy Wuzzy here
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 2 January 2017
Part of Color Your World