COLOR YOUR WORLD is a series of threads to provide lists of synonyms for different colors. All too often, writers resort to using the same word for a color repeatedly in their writing, leading to a sometimes boring redundancy which can lend itself to making the story uninteresting at worst, ho-hum at best.
This thread series will give you more options to choose from to keep your color references fresh and inviting.
This weeks color is green.
According to www.colormatters.com :
“Green is no longer just a color. It’s now the symbol of ecology and a verb.
Since the beginning of time, green has signified growth, rebirth, and fertility. In pagan times, there was the “Green Man” – a symbol of fertility. In Muslim countries, it is a holy color and in Ireland, a lucky color. It was the color of the heavens in the Ming Dynasty.
Today’s greens can be found in a wide range of objects: pea soup, delicate celadon glazes, sleazy shag carpet, sickly bathroom walls, emeralds, wasabi, and sage. The English language reflects some strange attributes: Would you rather be green with envy, green behind the ears, or green around the gills? (Idiomatic American English for extremely envious, immature or nauseated.)
Global Meanings of Green
- Green is universally associated with nature.
- Green symbolizes ecology and the environment.
- Traffic lights are green all over the world.
Unique Meanings of Green in Different Cultures
- In China, Green may symbolize infidelity. A green hat symbolizes that a man’s wife is cheating on him.
- In Israel, green may symbolize bad news.
- In Japan, the words for blue and green (“ao”) are the same.
- In Spain, racy jokes are “green.”
Luck or Bad Luck?
- Green is a lucky culture in most Western cultures. A green shamrock symbolizes this.
- You won’t find many green cars at racetracks because they are considered unlucky.
- Circus and traveling showmen in Australia may consider green to be bad luck.
- An old English rhyme about wedding colors: “Married in green, Ashamed to be seen.”
- There are more shades of green than that of any other color. Greens range from yellow-greens, such as lime and avocado greens, to those with a blue tinge (such as emerald). Aqua or turquoise are colors that are typically half green and half blue.
How Green Affects Vision
Approximately 5% – 8% of men and 0.5% of women of the world are born colorblind. People who are protans (red weak) and deutans (green weak) comprise 99% of this group.
Some European countries have outlined certain traffic light colors so that it is clear which is green and which is red, by the color that has a rectangle around it. Some states in the U.S. have placed diagonal lines through green traffic lights as an aid for the colorblind.
The following is an extensive list of the various shades of green. It is by no means the ENTIRE list, but its a good start.
British racing green
Cal Poly Pomona green
Forest green (color)
Green in Islam
Phthalocyanine Green G
Pigment yellow 185
Sacramento State green
Spring green (color)
UP Forest green
To see samples of each color, please visit the original list site: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Shades_of_green .