What’s in a (color) name?
Ok, so I’ve got a confession. I choose colors based on their names…for everything! Interior paint? Yes. Nail polish? Definitely. That’s not to say that I pick colors solely on the name, but if I know I’m looking for a creamy light blue, I’m definitely going to pick “tide pools” over “light teal.” Of course “mint julep” is a better color than just “mint,” and of course “porpoise” is a better color than “medium grey.” Now we’re getting really subjective here.
Side note: In my secret fantasy world, I’m an official color name creator. Whatever that job title is, I want it. Ok, so that might still be my dream job.
After more searching, I stumbled upon this book, which seems like a fascinating exploration of the language behind color and an introduction to the linguistic implications of color naming within a cultural context. I’m geeking out over here.
Ok, fess up. Does anyone else get really into colors names? Tell me I’m not the only one!