May 17, 2013

Hi, My Name Is Orange!


      I love bold, bright colors in general, but orange is probably my favorite one (right after blue, of course). I have orange pants, orange tops, an orange sweater, an orange skirt, an orange maxi dress (and trust me, that's a lot of orange to take in), orange socks, an orange bag, orange nail polishes and I also had orange hair a couple of times (always by accident and always loving it). So it only makes sense that I dedicate a post to it and list some cool facts and tell an orange joke (or two).
      It doesn't take a genius to know that orange is a stimulating color, which makes you want to move and socialize more, but apparently it also encourages appetite. That's why (smart) restaurants incorporate orange in their decor although they might use various more pastel or subtle versions (apricot, terracotta) to stimulate interaction among diners, make them hungry and dry up their wallets.
      Although it's a loud color, in early Christianity orange was a symbol of glory, was associated with saints and was called the wisdom ray. Later in the Elizabethan era, only the higher, noble classes were allowed to wear orange clothing (no doubt to signify how sainted and pure they were while they were going to their weekly orgy and/or feast).
      If you're like me, then you have to be wondering: Which came first, orange or the orange - the color or the fruit? It turns out that the color was named after the fruit and not the other way around. At first, everybody was saying stuff like yellow-red when talking about the color, but then in the 16th century someone saw an orange and said: "Blimey, this is yellow-red! What is this called??" And then the Spanish guy, who brought the oranges (which were brought to them by the Arabs, but that's another story), said: "Naranja, esse." And then the English dropped the 'n' and some other phonological changes occurred and eventually orange was born. After that, the word of the word orange spread like orange fire and now you've got oranges at H&M and Zara too, not just at the local market or the grocery store.
      If you're really inquisitive, you might want to know where "naranja" came from. It's derived from the Sanskrit word "naranga" which literally means "orange tree". Why did I bother to tell you that? Because it ties in with another interesting fact: Lightning kills more orange trees annually than any disease. This can mean that the orange trees are very healthy or just out of luck. But to be safe, I wouldn't wear my orange maxi dress out in a thunder storm.
      Since I'm a linguist at heart and by profession, I have another cool fact relating to this field: There isn't a single word in English language, which rhymes with orange. Of course, when the biggest smart ass of them all (Eminem, dooh) heard that, he said: "People say that the word orange doesn't rhyme with anything and that kind of pisses me off, because I can think of a lot of things that rhyme with orange. I put my orange, four-inch, door-hinge in storage and ate porridge... You have to figure out the science to breaking down words." Well... Scientifically speaking, those actually don't rhyme, Eminem, if you consider the phonologic and phonemic aspect of those words (porridge doesn't have an 'n', for example). If you think this is splitting hair, you're right, it is. And that's what science is all about, right? But on to lighter things. A joke:
      One day, two best friends were walking down a street, they were an orange and a carrot. Then out of nowhere, a car came and hit the carrot and the terrified orange rushed him to the hospital. When the doctor came out of his office and into the waiting room, he said to the orange: "I've got good news and I've got bad news." The orange wanted to know the good news first, so the doctor said: "Well, your friend is going to live, but he's going to be a vegetable for the rest of his life."

      There's another joke, as promised, below the photos.
     

For the sources, open photos in new tabs - they're in the title.

      One day, a first grade teacher decided to test her pupils' taste buds so she brought a few bowls of chopped up fruit and gave them to students. They started to taste and they correctly identified cherries, lemons, bananas and oranges. Then she gave them a spoon of something orange and gooey - it was honey but none of the children could figure it out, so she decided to help them: "It's what your mother may sometimes call your father." And one girl looked up with sheer terror in her eyes, spat out her honey and said: "Oh my god, these are ass-holes!!"

      Don't forget to follow via Twitter and/or share. There are new posts coming up every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so see you again next week on Monday. I wish you all an orange weekend!

      Peet


64 comments:

  1. I had no idea you were a linguist, Peet! It does make sense, though :) I have to say, as far as colours go, orange is probably my least favourite, but I still loved reading all about the origin of the word orange!
    xox,
    Cee

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  2. Thanks so much for your sweet words, they made my day!
    Haha, the last story is so funny! Love the colour orange so much!

    Have a great weekend,
    -Kati

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  3. Just one more interesting fact about orange (fruit)... In Spanish language "Mi media naranja" stands for "My better half".

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    1. Now that's even cooler than the lightning fact.:D

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  4. Wow I just knew some definitions of orange, it's interesting and love your pics ( ื▿ ืʃƪ)

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  5. Ok, the last joke was realllly funny !!

    Monica
    www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  6. I love the color orange! Too bad it does not suits everybody. Xo

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  7. This was such a refreshing post. Easy to read and also information rich. Thank you!

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  8. i love this post. orange and coral are my favourite shades in terms of makeup at the moment, so it was lovely to see the beauty pictures :)

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  9. How gorgeous photos!
    So much inspiration in this post!
    Thank you so much for your nice comment on my blog!
    x
    Stella from a A Shiny Place

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  10. amazing photos! loved the dress on the second one!
    happy weekend!
    muah*
    mariana

    http://asouthbreeze.blogspot.pt/

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  11. The first picture is breathtaking!

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  12. amazing colour post, love such inspirations! And I’m a sucker for Kristian Schuller’s photography!


    Love, VIENNA WEDEKIND

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  13. I used to obsessed with orange color, this year is all about orange lips, love ur photos !!!

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  14. Really inspiring post! Love it! Thank you for your comment in my blog!

    Come back soon to visit me on The Notebook of a Fashion Lover

    Evi xoxo

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  15. Wow, these photos are stunning! As soon as the weather gets warmer I want to wear orange everything. Especially lipstick! Though maybe I should be wearing less of it if I want to be eating less- who knew it stimulated appetite? Always learn something new here :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  16. amazing pictures!! I personally love orange accessories and lipstick :)

    xxo from NYC

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  17. Lovely post. I also like orange really much.

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  18. Weirdly I am obsessed with orange lately, and I'm pretty sure it is ALL YOUR FAULT (somehow)... cause I always thought it was really hard to wear orange ;)

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  19. orange is a nice color. i used to be so obsessed with them, specially the burn orange shade.

    xo, Carla
    misscarlaviolet.blogspot.com

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  20. Those jokes are brutal. I find them hilarious. I love the color orange but for some reason it never finds its way into my wardrobe. That would change if I could get my hands on one of those orange fur coats!

    May the force be with you.
    Emily

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  21. haha I love te thought "which came first, the orange or the orange?" You are NOT the first to think that. It keeps me awake at night sometimes... haha nah, but I've definitely wondered. Some great inspo here! Never really been into orange but perhaps Ill have to add it to my wardrobe!

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  22. There is really no way one can be unhappy while wearing orange. Love the pics you chose here of the girls with orange hair - it's such a bad-ass color and so pretty as well!

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  23. You are such a laugh girl! Haha, love this post about the color orange. Informative and funny :)
    I have so much orange in my closet. Orange heels, bag, dresses...no wonder I'm always hungry.

    Trendy Teal

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  24. :)) The joke was really funny... I love this color though I think it's not suited for every girl...depends on the skin tone, color of the hair... Thank you for your selection and for the motivational comment you left on my blog.

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  25. Wow!!!! Amazing pics! I love orange too!!!!
    Kisses!

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  26. oh orange is so freaking cool, I love it! And the first picture is so amazing, it was shot at Germany's Next Topmodels which is a show over here, there's a whole series of these pictures!
    And about the Teen Bogue feature, yes, I freaked out, my mum was like oh my gosh, the house is going to crack because of you jumping up and down, haha!

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  27. I never think about where words come from, but when people tell me, I always find it fascinating. I would sometimes wonder what was named first.

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  28. I love the post:) Have a wonderful weekend!

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  29. I love this photos!! specially the second and the 16!!
    Great colour, although i prefer darker ones, orange looks perfect in hair. I would be very happy being redhead!
    Really nice jokes... keep on going! ^^

    XXX

    http://muerdelaespina.blogspot.com.es/

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  30. Good post and so so nice pictures...i like ) have a nice weekend

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  31. Very interesting post sweety,

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    Kisses from Bucharest,

    Silvia

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  32. Lovely selection of pictures! Very inspiring! :) And blue is my fave as weel, though I've bought a few orange items this season. :)

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  33. Haha orange is one of my favourite colours as well! I would love to own an orange bag haha :)

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  34. GREAT PICTURES..LOVE THEM SO MUCH
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  35. omg I loved the first joke lol thanks for sharing those crazy facts and the amazing photography.
    I'm following you on blogloving, I hope you follow me back to keep in contact.
    XOXO

    hellolupi.blogspot.com

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  36. it's funny - i used to feel dizzy when I saw orange as a kid! even carrots gave me a headache and yet now i adore it - makes me sooo happy!

    another interesting quality about orange - it encourages appetite hence most fast food logos or writing is in orange to stimulate any food cravings - mcdonalds use orange based on this market research! if you are on a diet best not to be around orange...

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  37. Love the orange and carrot joke.
    Love all your gorgeous images.

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  38. i've grown quite fond of orange too these days. love this post!


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  39. I love all the photos and orange as well. Color of joy. :)



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  40. nice post! follow back:)
    xo
    http://beauty-lifestyle-fashion-blog.blogspot.de/

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  41. I love this color too
    xoxo
    www.welovefur.com

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  42. Wonderful hues and inspired pictures =)

    Yati from Malaysia

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  43. I've always loved Orange but the only orange things I own are Florida Gators gear (of couurse!) and a nail polish I just bought recently! I need to get on it! Love your facts.. and joke ;)

    xo Ashley
    thetiniestfirecracker.com

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  44. Hi beautiful!! Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate it like always :)
    Love this photos, so amaz
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  45. I didn't realize you were a linguist - so how many languages do you have up your sleeve?

    I heard the fact about orange and appetite before actually, but I thought they may be having me on and didn't really look in to it anymore. I don't think I experience the effect myself when I see orange, but it may be subconscious. I've started wearing orange nail varnish and I now have an orange bag, but that's as far as it goes really for me.

    What can I say about those jokes........huh huh!

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  46. Beautifull pics absolutly awesome and inpirating

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  47. This post is really awesome! I loved the pictures and the inspiration - its so gorgeous, it makes me sick ;) Lots of Love, Kyra
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  48. this looks lovely!

    xx, rebecca
    awayinparadise.blogspot.com

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  49. ha, ha your jokes are funny! I love orange too, but I love all colors really! Thanks so much for all the wonderful inspiration here!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  50. This is such a glorious shade, loved all this impactful orange inspiration!

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  51. hey pretty,

    Thanks for stopping by the blog and for your fierce yet friendly words!
    definitely put a smile to my face!

    you write very well and loving this post!
    orange is a colour I tend to stay away from due to my skin tone, but I love it here and there in makeup and details just for that little bit extra!

    x

    www.devious-studios.blogspot.com

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  52. orange is such a beautiful, vibrant colour :) I love the orange eye makeup, unfortunately it's probably the most unflattering colour on my face lol.

    Metallic Paws

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  53. haha that story made me crack! Funny! :D
    Orange is definitely a very bold color, not my favorite, but I still like it! :)

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  54. Perfectttttttttttt :)

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  55. Great inspirations, I especially like orange as lip stick or nail polish but not that much on clothes. Oh and it´s pretty cool that you´re doing linguistics! I had German linguistics at university and it is such an interesting subject (great for those "did you know that..." days xD)
    xx
    www.clothesandcamera.com

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  56. What a lovely post:)your blog makes me happy every time.

    I recommend a beautiful Swedish hotel in my new post..you must visit there someday:)

    Have a great weekend dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se

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