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Feb 18, 2012 12:07 PM CST
Name: Ted
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I have been researching(if you call internet surfing research) the science of color names. Here is an interesting quote:

"Today every natural language that has words for colors is considered to have from two to twelve basic color terms. All other colors are considered by most speakers of that language to be variants of these basic color terms. English contains the eleven basic color terms "black," "white," "red," "green," "yellow," "blue," "brown," "orange," "pink," "purple" and "gray." Italian and Russian have twelve, distinguishing blue and azure. That doesn't mean English speakers cannot describe the difference of the two colors, of course; however, in English, azure is not a basic color term because one can say bright sky blue instead, while pink is basic because speakers do not say light red."

Dahlias color names include white, red, yellow, orange, pink and purple that are on this list. Dahlias have two names not included on the list: lavender and bronze. Perhaps that explains why we have a difficult time understanding the color terms lavender and bronze as they are not basic color terms in English.
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