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The Eleven Colors

Can you guess the eleven most common words for colors, based on Google's list of books published 1800-2008?
  • Only includes words whose primary meaning is a color, so no gold, silver, etc...
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Nov 10, 2017
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level ∞
Nov 10, 2017
After these eleven, the next most common were scarlet, violet, crimson, and indigo.
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level 44
Dec 2, 2017
I even tried scarlet indigo and violet
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level 44
Mar 16, 2018
Only includes words whose primary meaning is a color, so no gold, silver, etc...so violet wouldn't be listed either since it has a primary meaning as a flower.
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level 21
Dec 6, 2017
NOO CYAN
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level 41
Mar 13, 2018
Well, that's when it gets interesting!
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level 63
Nov 10, 2017
Orange primary meaning is a color? :-)
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level 64
Nov 10, 2017
Yeah, I thought about that as well. Is orange's primary definition the color or the fruit?
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level 70
Nov 10, 2017
Etymologically, fruit was first.
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level 71
Nov 10, 2017
Dijlas, very cool
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level 44
Dec 2, 2017
before we used the word orange to describe the colour orange (which we indeed got from the fruit) everything we now describe as orange was described as RED so an orange was actually a red fruit also why robins are described as red breasts when they are in fact orange
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level 65
Dec 3, 2017
Here in Australia we have a real mixture of Robins. Some are Orange chested as you suggest, but we have red, scarlet, yellow and my favourite the Pink Robin which is actually to me is a beautiful pinky-violet colour.
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level 58
Nov 10, 2017
Man, Quizmaster is just going all in on the quiz making this week!
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level 70
Nov 18, 2017
I guess "clear" isn't a color. :-(
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level 26
Dec 1, 2017
black gray and white are shades.
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level 35
Dec 2, 2017
Only if you're an artist.
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level 44
Jan 18, 2018
you must be fun at parties
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level 31
Mar 13, 2018
lol
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level 48
Mar 13, 2018
Don't hate Rassy for being educated
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level 27
Mar 17, 2018
2008 called. They want your joke back. :)
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level 46
Mar 23, 2018
More like 1908...
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level 35
Dec 2, 2017
lmao couldn't think of orange got it with 2 seconds left
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level 49
Mar 13, 2018
I missed brown, thats kinda crappy ! LOL
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level 31
Mar 13, 2018
I missed white
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level 18
Mar 20, 2018
Can't believe I missed white!!!
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level 30
May 27, 2018
missed pink :/
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level 44
Dec 2, 2017
what are the odds GREY actually isn't a reference to the colour but Christian Grey
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level 44
Dec 28, 2017
No, that's just how we spell it in the UK.
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level 48
Mar 13, 2018
Pretty much everyone in the world spell it "grey". We randomly changed it because...well, look up 1812 anti-English spelling changes.
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level 70
Mar 15, 2018
Worldwide there are 336 million native English speakers and just under 70% of those live in the US - which I think makes US spellings the norm and the rest of the world aberrant.
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level 30
May 27, 2018
no, the us just didnt like england in the 19th century. thats the only reason it isnt the same.
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level 24
Dec 2, 2017
Was singing Leon Le Chameleon as I did this ;)
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level 25
Dec 2, 2017
i didn't know anyone else knew about Leon Le Chameleon
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level 9
Jan 17, 2018
21 seconds left, I almost forgot grey/gray.
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level 16
Mar 4, 2018
orange should be removed. rules say not stuff like gold cos its an object not just a colour. oranges are fruits
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level 65
Mar 13, 2018
Some truth in what you suggest, the colour Orange came from the fruit so like Gold and Silver it's derived from a coloured object.
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level 60
Mar 15, 2018
Yes, but orange is listed in the commonly-known colors of the rainbow, whereas gold and silver are not.
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level 52
Mar 13, 2018
Just thought of the Karate Belts and added Grey haha
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level 65
Mar 13, 2018
I did Judo but I assume that Karate like Judo does not have Grey Belts
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level 28
Mar 13, 2018
Funny how ALL the answers can be seen in the picture of this quiz! :D
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level 36
Mar 13, 2018
My old art teacher always said 'there's no such colour as black - black is just an absence of light'.
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level 67
Mar 13, 2018
You should have asked her what is in the tube of black paint.

Saying black isn't a color is only true for light-generated color, like on a TV output or night blackness. This is the additive theory of color, which is really only useful in physics.

Black is definitely a color when it comes to pigments, colors, and art. Plenty of pigments and molecular structures can create black. The subtractive theory of color is mostly what you'd interact with on a daily basis.

On a side note, very few objects are true black bodies. Pretty much anything we see on earth will still reflect some light. Plus I would personally categorize black is a color because it's something we can perceive and identify. I wouldn't group it with other "not-color" parts of the UV spectrum like infrared, ultraviolet, microwave...
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level 27
Mar 13, 2018
Okay... sure? So what now? Do we believe you or not? I say 'Wibble'.
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level 47
Mar 14, 2018
Anybody else try to sing the colors from Joseph's coat of many colors? :-)
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level 43
Mar 14, 2018
I thought we were supposed to list words that are synonyms of color ...
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level 73
Mar 16, 2018
That's what I did at first, too, but when hue, shade, and tint weren't accepted I tried red, then I was on a roll. (I think the instructions could be better.)
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level 44
Mar 15, 2018
I needed help from my kid.
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level 34
Mar 17, 2018
Purple is NOT a colour
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level 18
Mar 19, 2018
No cyan..? :(
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level 21
Mar 19, 2018
Cyan isn't in there, yet grey is? I mean grey and gray are just gradients of white and black...
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level 15
Mar 22, 2018
100% 2 seconds left, BRAINFART... good for an italian!
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level 39
May 11, 2018
Pink, a PRIMARY color?
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level 16
May 14, 2018
I got all of them pretty easily. A little unexpected the answers would be so obvious though. Its like they're so obvious you think it's too obvious and don't care to even check sometimes.
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level 20
May 14, 2018
Brown exists... lol.
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level 8
May 16, 2018
finished with 29 seconds left
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level 4
May 16, 2018
Black And White Are Not Colours
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