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Developing a Vocabulary of Color

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Developing a Vocabulary of Color

Developing a Vocabulary of Color

Developing a Vocabulary of Color

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Go to a paint store, and you'll be overwhelmed by the choices, from Aspen Bark White to Zydeco Purple. But it turns out that early humans probably had words for just two colors, and many not-so-ancient languages divide colors into just three categories.

Even today, most languages don't have different words for green and blue. But the vocabulary of color has evolved.