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Are the verbs to orange and to pink with the meaning "become/turn orange/pink" in everyday use in British or American English?

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Never heard orange used as a verb; pink has a couple of different meanings as a verb. Although both could be used as verbs, neither is in everyday use in American English, at least. –  Robusto Sep 5 '12 at 20:10
    
What do you use instead? The perifrastic become/turn construction? –  North Sep 5 '12 at 20:22
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Something I just noticed: all the color verbs can be intransitive, except blue. You can blue metal or things made of metal, but while something can pinken, blacken, whiten, red, or green, it only turns blue. Then there's the reflexive case. –  Malvolio Sep 5 '12 at 21:15
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@North: misusing the rules of argument is forgiveable, misspelling the unjustified word is not. –  TimLymington Sep 5 '12 at 22:29
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@Robusto: I've heard orange used as a verb once – in the punch line: "Orange you glad I didn't say banana?" ;^) –  J.R. Sep 6 '12 at 9:08
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Depending on the color, the "become/turn construction" can be avoided as with redden. One can use pinken ("to become pink"). However, there is no "orangen", so in some cases you will be stuck with the "periphrastic" form.

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We also have whiten, blacken, bruise (a bit of a stretch, "to turn black and blue"), green, silverize and no doubt many more. –  Zairja Sep 5 '12 at 20:48
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British English:

orange — I can't find a reference to a verb, and I've never heard it so used.
pink — several uses as a verb. ODO lists the following:
1. Become pink, perhaps particularly by blushing
3. Cut with a zigzag edge [using pinking shears]
5. Rough running caused by pre-ignition of fuel in a car engine

Uses 3 and 5 are quite specialised, 1 rather less so; but none is particularly common. As far as colours are concerned, become orange and become pink are more likely to be used. In fact my iPad spell-checker doesn't like "pinken" at all!

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I don't like "pink" as verb meaning "to turn pink" exactly because of the confusion with the "cut" meanings (either in the sense of "cut slightly" or "cut in a zig-zag"). "Pinken" is perfectly good. My theory about why "orange" isn't a verb: because things don't turn orange. (Not very often, anyway.) –  Malvolio Sep 5 '12 at 21:12
    
Don't know if this is an AmE/BrE thing, but def. 5 is for the word "ping" not "pink", unless you are stuffy from a "code". –  Jim Sep 6 '12 at 3:51
    
@Jim Comparing the etymologies might be an interesting exercise. BrE is definitely pink. –  Andrew Leach Sep 6 '12 at 7:35
    
@Malvolio: Oranges turn orange. :^) I could see an orange grower saying, "The trees should orange by next month," meaning their current green fruit will shine bright orange in a few weeks or so, but, your point is well-taken, it's certainly not going to be a widely-used verb. OED doesn't even list orange as a verb. –  J.R. Sep 6 '12 at 9:05
    
@J.R. Even though Wiktionary has citations for using orange as a verb?! (I didn't find those, Zairja did ; I'm not changing my answer) –  Andrew Leach Sep 6 '12 at 9:34
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