Let’s have a talk about orange, shall we? The age old question about orange is similar to the one about the chicken and the egg; what came first, the color or the fruit? According to most historical accounts, the fruit was indeed named first and the actual color was typically just called “red”. From that, we get the term “redhead” to describe people with naturally orange colored hair. Because of this weird little debacle, much of our modern day lexicon relating to things that are orange, are improperly named, technically speaking. Ironic that one little color can color so much of our language, huh?
So perhaps it’s high time to let orange have its day. Orange is such a brilliant and beautiful color, yet literal generations of language have continually let the little powerhouse down. There is no better time than the present moment to pick up some orange envelopes and really allow it to let its hair down, so to speak.