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.