[ExI] Colours

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Sat May 4 07:25:40 UTC 2013

On 04/05/2013 04:15, spike wrote:
> We had a guy at work, out of the closet but quietly gay, nobody ever 
> gave him any bother over it as far as I know.  He was giving a pitch 
> once and pointed to the cells in green, the cells in yellow, the cells 
> in magenta.  So we all started going on, Hey Carl, what is that color 
> you say?  Magennnnnta?  What's the heck is magennnta, haaarrrharharrr 
> etc.  Fortunately he has a sense of humor too.

When I came out, I noticed that people started to ask for clothes advice 
- but then it mostly stopped, since I do have a pretty boring style (a 
yellow tie is wild by my standards). In fact, even my boyfriend (who is 
in *law*) thinks I need more colour. But it was hilarious while it lasted.

However, the right solution for learning exotic colour names is naming 
schemes. At KTH, each of the computer rooms had a colour name. At first 
it was easy... then cerise showed up, followed by magenta, vermilion, 
turquoise and all the others. That way the engineering students can 
learn them without any embarrassment (besides the fact that the student 
overall of the computer students is a particularly eye-searing cerise...
https://medicinskaforeningen.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/61.jpg  )

> So at least I know that one color outside the usual ten.  Or at least 
> the name of it.  I couldn't pick it out of the lineup, but I have 
> heard the name.

This reminds me of XKCDs color naming survey

The real challenge is of course spelling fuchsia.

Anders Sandberg,
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Faculty of Philosophy
Oxford University

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