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Why does “puce” mean two different colors depending on where you live?

I always thought puce was green, then saw on Wikipedia that it is purplish-brown. Further research tells me that it's generally regarded as purplish-brown in the United States, whereas Europeans think ...
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What is the origin of the term “ginger” for red-headed people?

I'd like to know the etymology of the word "ginger" in reference to red-headed people. In particular, if "ginger" in this context is related to the plant root used in cooking, I'd like to know how ...
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Amber or yellow lights

What is the difference in usage between amber and yellow, when it is the color of traffic lights or some derived meaning? Is this purely a difference between British English and American English, or ...
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Term for converting to black&white [closed]

Is there a single word to denote reducing the color palette of an image to two colors: black and white? For instance, navy becomes black and beige turns into white. I know there is desaturate, but ...
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Why are Australian redheads often called 'bluey'?

From Wikipedia's article on Virgin Australia: Virgin Australia was launched as Virgin Blue in August 2000, with two Boeing 737–400 aircraft, one leased from then-sister airline Virgin Express. ...
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When describing something's colour, would you hyphenate the words? Eg, “blood-red” versus “royal blue”

Generally, as a rule, I always hyphenate words to make them into a single adjective, so I've been putting "blood-red", "forest-green", "royal-blue" and the like, but the moment I typed "royal-blue", ...
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Pronunciation difference between “collar” and “color”

What is the pronunciation difference between collar and color? Can a native speaker tell them apart?
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What is the word for someone who sees music as colours?

Some people visualise specific musical keys or chords as specific colours. There is a name for this, which I think starts with chromo-. Am I remembering this correctly?
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Where did the words “white-collar” and “blue-collar” come from? [closed]

I can kinda see the "white-collar" image, with formal dress shirts, but "blue-collar" is not intuitive to me, and Dictionary.com and Etymonline are not helpful as to the reason for the color choice. ...
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Regional usage of “Violet” and “Purple”

I am looking to describe a flower such as the one in the following picture for a game: After showing the game to a number of beta testers, I noted that about half of them were fine with "violet" ...
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What is the word for bright colors such as green?

What does one call these bright colors such as pink, green, or yellow? You see those in posters frequently.
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“vermilion” or “vermillion”?

Which one has primacy in English: "vermilion" or "vermillion" (as a color) ? Both have entries in various dictionaries. Is the difference concerned with AmE/BrE ?
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Usage of hyphen when naming colors

When is it appropriate to use a hyphen when naming colors? For instance Blue-green has a dash but Teal blue does not. Is there some general English rule that applies?
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What's the name of the color

Can any body tell me the official name of the color? I want to say light blue, but people may not be able to get the closest image in mind.
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Kiwi Power Green - is that more Kiwi “Power Green” or more “Kiwi Power” Green?

Recently my wife bought a piece of toddler swimwear for our little ones. A crisp, flashy neon green cute little piece of garment that had a label on which the color name was written: "KIWI POWER ...
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“Oil blue” color

Spotted a new collocation for the word blue today, when looking for a pair of jeans – oil blue. Admittedly, they are probably just being marketing-minded, inventing (?) such a color of jeans. ...
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A word to describe the color of hair that is nearly jet-black, but slightly brown? [closed]

What is a word to describe the color of a person's hair whose hair is nearly jet-black, but slightly brown? For what it's worth, the person whose hair I have in mind is female with long, straight ...
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“Grayed out” or “Greyed out”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 'Gray' vs 'Grey' Which one is correct? Is it "Grayed out" or "Greyed out"? Google brings almost the same number of results for both. Can they always be ...
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Why is the colour green associated with negativity? [closed]

Why is the colour green often associated with negativity? Green is paired with jealousy, envy, vomit, immaturity, etc. Yet it is the colour of growth and freshness. In other words, the natural ...