It is impossible to communicate with absolute precision. There’s always room for nuance, misinterpretation and confusion. For instance, when identifying a colour, describing it so precisely that it could be identified exactly is rare.
There are more colours than most of us have names for. And more colours than there are names for, as the are an infinite number of gradations.
I was recently at a business event and asked a delegate wearing a pinkish outfit what colour it was. We workshopped salmon and coral, before agreeing that it was the colour of a salmon crashing into coral: blood orange.
If we can’t agree on colour, being evidence-based, how can we agree on issues, products, services and personalities?
How many of these colours (and blacks, greys and whites) can you identify with precision?
… … … … …
Ebony, inky, jet, licorice, noir, onyx, pitch, raven, sable, sooty, tar
Ash, battleship, charcoal, cinder, flint, granite, iron, lead, pelican, platinum, putty, salt-and-pepper, silver, slate, smoke, steel
Achromatic, alabaster, bone, chalk, cream, dove, eggshell, ivory, manila, milky, nougat, off-, oyster, pearl, snow
Apple, aquamarine, avocado, bottle, cucumber, cyprus, emerald, forest, grass, jade, leaf, lime, mint, olive, pea, pistachio, sea, teal, turquoise, ultramarine
Amber, blonde, canary, chamois, champagne, citron, corn, flaxen, gold, honey, lemon, maize, mustard, saffron, sand, straw, sulphur, sunflower, sunny, wheaten, yolk
Auburn, beige, bronze, brunette, burnt almond, burnt ochre, burnt sienna, burnt umber, butterscotch, camel, caramel, chocolate, cinnamon, cocoa, coffee, copper, earth, faun, hazel, khaki, leather, liver, mahogany, mocha, nut, ochre, peppercorn, raw sienna, raw umber, sepia, sienna, tan, tawny, terra-cotta, titian, toast, topaz, umber, walnut
Apricot, cantaloupe/rock melon, carrot, ginger, mandarin, peach, pumpkin, salmon, tangerine
Blood, blush, brick, burgundy, cerise, cherry, claret, cranberry, crimson, henna, lobster, magenta, maroon, paprika, pimento, ruby, ruddy, rust, scarlet, strawberry, vermillion
Carnation, coral, flamingo, hot, rose, shocking, water melon
Amethyst, aubergine/eggplant, deep, fuchsia, grape, lavender, lilac, mauve, mulberry, pansy, plum, prune, violet
Baby, cobolt, cyan, dark, deep, delft, electric, flag, ice, indigo, marine, midnight, navy, pale, powder, royal, sapphire, sea, sky, slate, true, water.
… … … … …
I’m an Australian comedian, hoax speaker and corporate impostor. I mainly present comic hoaxes at business events. If you like these blogs, you’ll like my live comedy. If you don’t like these blogs, you still might like my live comedy.
Add comedian.com.au to your bookmarks, and one day: book Marks. I don’t do cheap jokes, and I’m freer than you think. I’m comical not anatomical, economical not astronomical.