Color or Fruit? On the Unlikely Etymology of “Orange”

The human eye can distinguish millions of shades of color, subtly discriminating small differences of energy along the visual spectrum. No language, however, has words for more than about 1,000 of these, even with compounds and metaphors (for example, a color term like “watermelon red” or “midnight blue”). Most languages have far fewer, and almost … Continue reading Color or Fruit? On the Unlikely Etymology of “Orange”