John McWhorter on the English color words.

The Peculiarly Universal Order of Color Words

The Peculiarly Universal Order of Color Words

A show about the mysteries of English.
Sept. 4 2018 11:03 AM

A Riot of Color

Our word for red predates our word for blue—and that’s true for almost every language!


John McWhorter on the peculiarly universal order of color words: almost all languages acquire their color words in the same order.

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