Color is an interesting animal in that there are so many different names for the same colors that it could confuse even the most experienced artist after awhile. I know that in the decorative arts field though that it helps to have specific names for shades so that people can follow instructions and get the results they hope when trying a new painting pattern.
One way to get my hubby going on the trendy, yuppie pretentiousness of certain quarters is to put a certain clothing catalog in front of him. Oh, he loves the clothes, the quality and so on, but the names they give the colors drive him up the wall. He understands blue, yellow, red and so on, but willow? pintail? Every time he comments on these types of names for colors I think back to a Newlywed's Game Show one night where the husbands were asked what color the sheets on their beds at home were that day. So they answered with colors such as blue, tan, white and so on. You know the drill. Enter the wives, they are asked the same questions. The wives answered with Cornflower, Vanilla, Oyster. Fighting broke out among the couples that didn't match as this was THE critical question. I always laugh when I think about how we as males and females think about things like this. So here's the test, can you see how many of these shirt colors you can get right? I'm going with the catalog names and will reveal these on Sunday. There's a sweet little treat for you if you can guess at least one. As for me, I happen to like the fancy names, but that's the creative artist in me. You know, my hubby still loves me anyway? :-)