Posted by: Jack Henry | October 11, 2022

Editor’s Corner: Orange

Every now and then, I like to take a quiz to challenge my vocabulary. This week, lured me in with a lovely photo of pumpkins, but my heart also twisted because the topic of the quiz was words related to the color orange.

I love the taste of oranges, I think pumpkin is fantastic—shoot, I wouldn’t even turn down a candy corn or one of his waxy candy pumpkin buddies—but the color orange is one of my least favorite. Is that why I answered only four of seven questions correctly? I don’t know, but I can certainly help you score better! I’ll provide the quiz at the end of the definitions. Here are several different shades of orange, their definitions, and some examples.

coral: pinkish red

Hesperidium: name of an order of plants containing citrus fruits, named after the golden apples of the Hesperides. (In Greek mythology, Hercules was tasked to steal the golden apples, which were a wedding gift from Hera to Zeus.)

marigold: a plant of the daisy family, typically with yellow, orange, or copper-brown flowers.

marmalade: a preserve made from citrus fruit, especially bitter oranges, prepared like jam.

peach: blend of orange, yellow, and white. [KC – I’m no painter, but I’d add red to the blend.]

tawny: orange-brown, yellowish-brown (below, the aptly named Tawny Owl)

titian: brownish orange, sometimes brownish red (auburn)

So, how do you feel? If you’re interested in testing your vocabulary and your color palette, take this quick quiz. Good luck!

Kara Church | Technical Editor, Advisory | Technical Publications

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