Statistics Saturday: Risk That I Will Correctly Identify A Color By Its Name Alone


Color Risk That I Will Correctly Identify This Color By Its Name Alone What CSS Thinks The Color Is
Red 99%
Blue 99%
Green 99%
Yellow 98%
Cyan 94%
Magenta 65%
Prussian Blue 38%
Teal 35%
Maroon 24%
Fuchsia 18%
Chartreuse 0%
Turquoise 16% (This is what I think Teal ought to be)
Goldenrod 12%
Ivory 99 44/100%
Violet 95%
Indigo (Still not sure this isn’t just purple with good marketing)
Mauve (Only if this is 1894 for crying out loud)
Plum 60%
Aquamarine (This isn’t just Aqua? Colors why must you be difficult?)
Lavender 33% (Higher if you’ll just let me call purple or indigo “Lavender”)
Khaki 40%
Atomic Tangerine (What, really?)
Avocado 55%
Viridian (whimper)
Heliotrope 0% (This is what I think Chartreuse ought to be)
Battleship Grey 85%
Puce (Oh good heavens Wikipedia Talk pages make this complicated)

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

12 thoughts on “Statistics Saturday: Risk That I Will Correctly Identify A Color By Its Name Alone”

  1. What most people don’t know is that Indigo started as a Violet separatist movement by wavelengths that thought the name “purple” sounded stupid, and wanted their own, slightly bluer homeland. The establishment of the Indigan state occurred near the end of the 30 Hues War, which began in1905 when colors such as brown and silver demanded seats at the wheel of the Knights of the Round Spectrum. After the War ended at the Battle of Rainbow Bridge, the Councils of Tempera and Crayola increased the size of the palette to 16 and 64, respectively. Indigo now holds a permanent seat on the security council of the United Colors of Benetton in New York.

    Indigo is a monarchy, currently ruled by King Royston the Fourth, Duke of Grape and Earl of Blueberry. His people lovingly refer to him as “Roy ‘GB’ IV” for short.

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  2. They’ve got the lavender all wrong … it should be LAUVE … lavender + mauve. We once had walls painted this color lauve from the previous owner. And we lauved to paint over them! 😉

    Is there a link to take a test to name these colors? If so, could you provide that link.

    Joseph, I have a TEST for you! It is the online color challenge test, testing your ability to arrange hues. Zero is a perfect score. Farnsworth Munsell 100 Hue Test:

    http://www.xrite.com/online-color-test-challenge

    Have fun and let me know how you do!!!! 🙂

    ~Elizabetcetera

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    1. A bit of me is interested what colors people figure would go with particular names. I imagine the most prominent primary colors are well-agreed-upon. But the lesser colors or ones with more qualifiers, like “Kelly green”, I bet have way more variations.

      I haven’t had the time to do the color challenge yet — I’m not sure why I don’t have the time for anything lately but I haven’t — but do hope to get to it.

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