Blue is for boys, but definitely not green.

I’ve just arrived back from my London trip and I’m knackered, so I’ll share with you an amusing and enlightening article from XKCD which I stumbled across while reading Language Log archives.  So basically two of my favourite places.

XKCD regulars may recall that a while back Randall was doing a survey on what names people assigned to various colours – I know I took part in this myself.

The results are fascinating, and you can see them here: https://blog.xkcd.com/2010/05/03/color-survey-results/

In a nutshell, males and females have, perhaps surprisingly, a very common set of colour descriptor words, apart from shades of green; women are more likely to have very specific vocab for flowery pastel shades, and men… well, men are more likely to give ‘penis’ as an answer on a survey.

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