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For my word geek friends: colors

I was distracted at work today by a test data item that looked like this: "Rose position is available here for an excellent rose candidate with experience in matters that require rose colours. We do not discriminate between applicants who have rose shoes, although interviews are being carried out in the rose room with preferential treatment for candidates dressed in rose clothes."

This made me laugh (QA people in general being easily amused by anything that shows a wee bit of humor in the test data set). It turns out it's a string designed to test word overusage ("keyword abuse"), and the tester who wrote it said she had run out of colors to put into the template.

Well! I am a font of knowledge in this area, thanks to reading all of those Andrew Lang fairy books oh so long ago (Crimson Fairy book, anyone? Scarlet? How about .... olive?), and I did a bit of searching online to see if I could come up with some more colors. I did, and how. I particularly enjoyed the various links on The Phrontistery, which included lists of carriages, carts and chariots (many of which appear in Proust and are ignored by me, as I don't know the difference between a phaeton and a brougham and don't care to interrupt the flow of the story to work it out) as well as a list of words about words (navel gazing, anyone)?

Anyway, I've sent the list on to her, but I thought there might be a few people out there who would enjoy seeing words like "sloe," "jessamy," and "vermilion" explained in print ... who wouldn't?

What I also read today that some of you might find interesting: tigers in India now below viability numbers (and that articles about Sumatran tigers, sorry I can't find the other), the shameful story about how single mothers were treated "back in the day" (to think that even a 40 year old could be forced to give up her child!), and a journal of a woman who used to work for the Guardian who just died of breast cancer. She was only 44.



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Oct. 31st, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
Those types of research are terribly dangerous for me because they lead to huge, extensive, fascinating explorations of a ton of things that are all connected. I've compiled a pile of data all related to the color (and substance) vermilion, along with a collection of beautiful pictures of vermilion things...

If I didn't have any discipline I'd never get a minute's worth of actual official work done.
Oct. 31st, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
ooo, fun links. going to bookmark these and check them out.
Oct. 31st, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Proud owner of all 12 Andrew Lang colored fairy books (though not the rainbow one).

Lavender, purple, red, crimson, maroon, brown, yellow, orange, blue, grey, olive, green. :)
Oct. 31st, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
I was very saddened to hear that Dina had died, even though it wasn't entirely unexpected given her recent blog entries :(
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