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Feb 18, 2012 1:01 PM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

I have only ever heard light purple around here in the last ten years or so. Different people have called it different things, mostly lilac and mauve. Until recently, while some people said light orange, far more would have said apricot or peach. Turquoise or teal also tended to be named, rather than called blue, until recently. Of course, when we had black and white books and black and white TV, accurate colour descriptors mattered far more, and we had black and white TV here for about a generation longer than you did in the US.

Colour names evolve, too. Red was the colour of the fox, and of red hair, until the word orange was derived from the colour of the fruit, apparently. Then the definition of red shifted to include scarlet and even crimson.

Bronze, as we all see when we pass a statue, can mean brown with turquoise streaks. Fortunately, you don't often get that look in a Dahlia.
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