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A List of "Obscure" Color Words?

By January 13, 2013

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I came across a list titled "Obscure Color Words". Okay, so some I know because of paints I use, such as cerulean and viridian, but I admit to being astounded by others regarded as obscure. Aubergine? Mauve? Russet? Saffron? Really?

It makes me think I should write more color names 101s and some color quizzes!


January 13, 2013 at 9:48 am
(1) Anne says:

How about the word “quinacridone”? It may not be obscure, but it’s a toungue-twister.

January 13, 2013 at 10:41 am
(2) Marion BE says:

It sure is! Like Phthalocyanine … no wonder we tend to call it simply Phthalo blue!

January 13, 2013 at 5:16 pm
(3) Anne says:

Here’s another one: “smalt”. A type of blue like cobalt blue.

January 14, 2013 at 2:47 am
(4) Marion BE says:

“Smalt” is another I know from paint pigments — I’ve got a tube of smalt blue from Golden’s range of historical hues :-)

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