Shades of purple

Have you ever gotten into a discussion with a woman on colours? It seems that, while some people have ‘absolute hearing’ (pinpoint any frequency to the right note), there is also a kind of ‘absolute colour perception’, and women seem more often blessed with it. While us men have the habit of calling anything with a red/blue mix ‘purple’, life is actually not that simple. There is violet, mauve, orchid and half a dozen variations on those.

To make things even more difficult for Belgian men: we actually have two words in Dutch: ‘paars’ is the equivalent of ‘purple’ in English, while ‘purper’ is more like magenta. Ask any man here (that’s not a fashion designer or hairdresser) the difference between ‘purper’ and ‘paars’ and you’ll get utter astonishment.

So here’s a reference chart of purples:

If any woman/color-sensitive man would like to point out more variations of purple-ish colours, be my guest!

5 thoughts on “Shades of purple

  1. Phred

    I, as a guy, maintain that men (excepting fashion/interior designers, etc.) perceive only 10 colors:

    red, green, blue, orange, yellow, purple, pink, brown, black, and white.

    Guys, think about it: would you ever point to an object and say it is any color other than one of those?

    Notes: “gray” is a subset of black or white, and pink must be differentiated from red because it cannot otherwise be defined as “girly” without condemning red as well.

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