All the basic colors- red, yellow, blue can be traced back to the Old English period. Color names have been in here for a long long time. An exception is the color ‘orange’ that only got its name when the British exported oranges all over the world. Till then, the color orange was called red or yellow, or to be more specific, red-yellow.
We bring to you a plethora of colors you might have seen everyday, but called it the wrong name! Here we go..
Fallow is one of the oldest color names in English. The first recorded use of fallow as a color name in English was in the year 1000. Also rooted in this older color, is Indian tradition in South Africa where it has been dubbed Ravi Brown.
Razzmatazz is red-pink color that was invented by Crayola in 1993, and was first found in the Big Box of 96. The color is said to be one very similar to rose, which is found directly in the middle of magenta and red on the color wheel. Welcome to the sweet realisation, razzmatazz is not the liquor, nor the television series, nor the song; it is, infact, a color.
If you suddenly thought about the color of army uniform, you’re on the right track. The name Feldgrau comes from field-grey. Feldgrau has been the official basic color of military uniforms of the German armed forces from the early 20th century until 1945 or 1989 respectively.
This is the color we have all probably seen, you know on those really expensive cars and all? We never call it by it’s real name. The color is one that is seen rampant in history. For instance, there is the Malachite Room in Hermitage, and it is also said that Demeter’s throne was made of this color as well.
I applaud you again if you thought of the buddhist monk clothing.
Gamboge is a partially transparent deep saffron to mustard yellow pigment. It is used to dye Buddhist monks’ robes because the color is a deep tone of saffron, the traditional color used for the robes of Theravada Buddhist monks.
6) Caput Mortuum
Like the name suggests, the color comes from a fruit. You might have seen this color on vegetables or fruits, and even lipsticks but you probably called it maroon or mauve. The right name is Caput Mortuum!