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Questions tagged [colors]

for words used to describe colors

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States between Transparent, Translucent and Opaque

I started creating a color palette for a side project and I was thinking what words would fit the best to describe alpha (transparency) of color. Imagine we have 0 for totally clear (every light ...
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In “her tea is a pale brown”, is the indefinite article “a” used correctly?

"Ultimately, as always, we compromise and her tea is a pale brown". Isn't the "a" redundant here? It sounds wrong to me.
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Is 'white' an adverb in “the lamp will flash white”?

What is the role of 'white' in the following sentence? The lamp on the machine will flash white when you restart it. It seems like it is an adverb here, but is it possible to use colours as ...
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An indefinite article in front of an adjective without a noun

I've written a sentence that goes "The sky dimmed as the sun fired an emerald beam salute and sank into the far crest of the earth splashing gleams that stained the overhanging firmament a blacklight ...
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Why is it that in English we put the colour before the object but in many other European languages they put the colour after the object?

I have noticed that in English we put the colour before the object. For instance we, would say White House but in Spanish it would be Casa Blanca (House White) or in French they would say for ...
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Is there any AmE/BrE difference when describing intermediate colors?

Is there any difference (AmE vs BrE) when describing intermediate colors, that is, pairs of colors to get the color in between? For example: • Red-blue appearance • Reddish-blue appearance • ...
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Synonyms for colour green [closed]

I was wondering if there are any adjectives for describing the "sinister green" colour? The kind of gloomy green that looks like this Source: WallPaperUp
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I'm a bit “green around the gills”

Green about the gills is a common British English expression that is used when someone is feeling queasy, or about to vomit or be sick (there's that AmEng and BrEng divide once again). Cambridge ...
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What does this word mean in this passage from Frank Herbert's Dune?

I am only familiar with "faggot" being used as a slur for a gay man or as a bundle of sticks. Some statements in the preceding paragraphs that provide context: ...A predawn hush had come over the ...
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What word did Middle English have in place of “light" as in: “light blue”, “light green” etc.?

In English, we often use the adjective light before another colour to express a whiter shade of hue. For example, light blue, light green, light brown, etc. The term pale is used in a similar way, e....
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Describe the Colour of Raw Liver

Raw liver has a distinctive reddish-brown almost purple colour. It is also completely opaque. Is there a name for this sort of colour? My first instinct is mauve, but that's not quite right. Edit: ...
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Is there any particular rule for specific colours in adjective order?

I read here that there is a general rule to write an adjective order. But I didn't find any explanation if the rule has a specific order for colours, especially for primary colours. This may sound ...
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Is there a word that means a colour used metaphorically?

Examples: Green to mean naive Blue to mean depressed Black to mean bad White to mean good In my googling of this question, I’ve come across a lot of philosophical and linguistic discussion about ...
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How would you refer to the generic color of a carton/cardboard box?

How would you refer to a color of a standard brown carton box? I mean, a one, that we normally use day to day for moving or storing stuff, etc. Is it brown or yellow? Dark-yellow or light-brown?Hmmm.....
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Colors = Crayons?

I always considered the word "colors" as synonymous with the word "crayons," e.g. "the teacher asked her students to take out their colors" would mean "the teacher asked her students to take out their ...
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Can something be “blacker” than something else? How common are single-word comparatives and superlatives for color-designating adjectives?

Merriam-Webster implies that the comparative and superlative for black are blacker and blackest. However, my native British colleague says he would never used blacker, only more black. How common is ...
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What's china blue?

Is china blue just jean blue, inspired by the color of uniform of Chinese workers? And how common is china blue in daily conversations and writings? I've only heard this in the song, Vincent (Starry, ...
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Green color or color green? [closed]

Can I replace all of the bold text with color green? I don't know when should I use green color and when color green. I have my wall painted in green color and it is generally believed that ...
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What's the difference between pigment, dye and colorant? [closed]

For example, is 'pigment' always solid, 'dye' always liquid, and 'colorant' a general name for the both?
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Consistent & accepted style(s) for hyphenating a shade of color used as an adjective for hair?

I'm helping edit a friend's book. Generally, I'm confident with my edits, yet one thing keeps nagging me. I'd appreciate expert guidance. In the book, some characters have shades of brown hair, e.g.: ...
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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 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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What is the etymology of “yellow”, and why is it so different in other European languages?

It seems like most of our names for colors come from our German roots (blue/blau, green/grün, red/rot, etc.). But yellow is gelb in German, amarillo in Spanish, jaune in French, and giallo in Italian. ...
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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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Term for converting to black&white

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 it'...
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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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“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. However,...
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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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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 GREEN"...
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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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Why is the colour green associated with both growth and illness?

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 ...
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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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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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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 color is “puce”, and why do different people give radically different answers (purplish vs greenish)?

It seems like "puce" means 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 ...
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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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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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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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Etymology of the color name “orange”

Etymonline shows orange c.1300, from O.Fr. orenge (12c.), from M.L. pomum de orenge, from It. arancia, originally narancia (Venetian naranza), alteration of Arabic naranj, from Pers. narang, ...
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Why do we refer to the “yellow pages”? [closed]

Why was the color yellow chosen? Why not the green pages or blue pages?
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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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“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 used ...
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Yellow versus orange

I have observed several people over the years refer to something that is orange in color as "yellow". Is that some linguistic difference or a difference in perception?