The Revolution of Colours

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When I was a little kid colours had simple names: blue, dark blue, light blue; green, dark green, light green; brown, light brown; white, black, red, burgundy, purple etc.
Nowadays, colours are anything but simple.

You wish to buy a car and when the times comes to choose a colour you are confronted with:
Obsidian and Emerald Black: what is the bloody difference? A friend (in the car industry) offered me the following explanation – the obsidian black under the shade it is black, under the sun it is reddish; the emerald black under the shade is black and under the sun is greenish. This is acceptable but then you have Piano, Platinum and Basalt black that are all equal.
Meteor Grey and GT Silver: they seem the same old grey to me.
Mystic Red: what could it be so mystical about red?
Porsche has even come up with Porsche racing Green...

You wish to paint a wall at your house/flat and things get even more confusing:
Jamaican Pepper: according to the above chart this refers to the colour Sage.
Moon Pepper: something along the lines of Moss Green or Emerald.
Cinnamon: referring to Taupe.
Ginger: meaning Marigold.
Vanilla: signifying Pumpkin.
Cassia: equivalent to Celery.
Elephant Ear Grey: plain grey. But I have a question: is the elephant’s ear different from the rest of its grey body?

Inspired by the trend of coming up with new colour names, I’ve created a few of my own:Slut Inspiration = white.

  • Dental McCartney = Ivory.
  • Wonder Ebony = black. 
  • Gypsy Cloud = grey.
  • Hepatitis Amber = yellow.
  • African Aurora = orange.
  • I-was-Dumped Blue = pale blue.
  • Hemp Trade = green. 
  • Twilight Red = dark red.
  • Idiocy Chic = pink. 
  • Mars Bar = brown.

The spirit of Revolution is ravishing the world and not even colours are immune to it.

Comments

  1. Being a nature lover, I would go more with this:

    Frog - green
    Peacock - pink
    Water buffalo - black
    California pelican - white
    Sting-ray - greyish-brown
    ...

    But I must say that your proposed set is truly inspired.

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  2. Hey Looney :D!

    "Water buffalo - black"

    I loved this one: very creative.

    "California pelican - white"

    Excellent :).

    "But I must say that your proposed set is truly inspired."

    LOL well...thank you *bowing*!

    Looney, I absolutely loved your colour-names; thank you ever so much for your contribution :D.

    Cheers

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  3. Looney,

    Yeah..."flamingo" for pink is much more suitable :).

    Cheers

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  4. Hi Max,

    I have noticed over the past several years that the more color choices we have, the less we choose. This is true at least in California with cars. 9 out of 10 cars are either black, silver or white, color all but disappears.

    As far as the names for colors, it is all marketing. The same with nail polish. Those are really creative names.

    Many industries and professions try to recreate themselves. For instance a bar tender is now called a "Mixologist," a coffee waitress is a "Barista," and a dental hygienist is a "Tooth Technician."

    Thanks for such a colorful piece.

    Colorful Cheers!

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  5. Hey Lady A :D!

    I admit I am one of those who like them cars in simple colours...I am not much of a car-colour-risk-taker lol.

    "As far as the names for colors, it is all marketing. The same with nail polish. Those are really creative names."

    Indeed. Yes, nail polish companies also offer very creative colour names...Chanel has "Rouge Noir" and Rimmel London has (for practically the same colour) "Cherry Black", but my favourite is "White Orchid" lol...they kill me.

    Mixologist? Seriously!? LOL *nodding*...
    I had already heard about the "Barista"...it is funny, isn't it?
    What about housekeepers? They are now called "Domestic Assistants" or "Personal Organisers"...sweet.

    "Thanks for such a colorful piece"

    You are most welcome, darling *bowing*!

    Darling, thank you so much for your most valuable input (loved it) :D!

    Colourful Cheers

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  6. Max,

    I want you to get a red car. You owe it to yourself.

    Some more examples:

    Secretaries are called "Administrative Assistants."

    Someone who extracts the venom from snakes is called a "Snake Milker."

    A hair stylist is called a "Tonsorial Artist."

    Person who de-bones chickens and various poultry is called, "Boner."

    People at Inns who knock on doors to wake people up are called, "Knocker-ups."

    Vehicle quality inspector is called,"Car Washer."

    Paper Boy or now "Media Distribution Agent."

    Janitor or "Sanitation Engineer."

    A pre-interviewer on talk shows is called, a "Fluffer." In pornography, a fluffer performs a different job???????

    Nanny, or "Other Mother."

    The list goes on and on.

    Marketing, semantics, puffery, that's all it is.

    Marketing Cheers!

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  7. Lady A,

    "I want you to get a red car. You owe it to yourself."

    LOL LOL me and red(s)...not compatible LOL...*nodding*.

    "Someone who extracts the venom from snakes is called a "Snake Milker.""

    Word?

    "Person who de-bones chickens and various poultry is called, "Boner.""

    :-O! Oh my...that word is dangerous LOL LOL...

    "People at Inns who knock on doors to wake people up are called, "Knocker-ups.""

    ROFL....really?

    "Paper Boy or now "Media Distribution Agent.""

    How Posh!

    "A pre-interviewer on talk shows is called, a "Fluffer." In pornography, a fluffer performs a different job???????"

    ROFL ROFL ROFL most definitely: in porn, a fluffer performs a different activity....
    LOL only you to come up with this one LOL.

    "Nanny, or "Other Mother.""

    Sad, but true.

    "Marketing, semantics, puffery, that's all it is."

    You are right.

    Marketing Rules Cheers

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  8. :-D You should be in marketing! I have trouble remembering the different between purple and violet (apparently there is one) so these new colours are too complicated for me. Although I do say "midnight blue" to refer to the deep navy blue colour of the sky right after sunset.

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  9. Hey Zhu :D!

    LOL in marketing, moi? Well, my Marketing Professor said the same thing (many moons ago)... ;)

    Oh yes, purple and violet: I could never tell the difference either (except for the fact that one is brighter than the other, perhaps) *nodding*.

    But I agree with you: colours have become too complicated...geezuz.

    Zhu, thank you so much for your fab input :D.

    Cheers

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  10. Max,you are right: we masquerade our ignorance when inventing this kind of sh**.

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  11. Dux, hi :D!

    Oh my Lord...congrats: you know the S word LOL LOL LOL ;).

    Probus, you were missed and thank you for sharing your input on this :D.

    Cheers

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  12. How did you come up with "Dental McCartney = Ivory" as this McCartney at the moment is black and blue!

    Take Care,
    Peter

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  13. Hey Peter :D!

    "How did you come up with "Dental McCartney = Ivory" as this McCartney at the moment is black and blue!"

    LOL...remember Paul McCartney's and Stevie Wonder's song (Ebony and Ivory)? That's how I came up with it lol.
    Black and Blue? I am sure it looks stylish on you ;)...

    Peter, thank you so much for your comment and I wish you well :D.

    Cheers

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  14. Very nice post! it's quite very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Hey PS :D!

    Thank you so much for your visit and comment *bowing*!

    Cheers

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