Friday, February 10, 2006

Yummy! Colors!

Coloring with the oldest, I notice that, like paint colors, Crayola crayon colors often are now named for foods. But somewhere along the way, some crayons have developed a certain attitude.

laser lemon
magic mint
atomic tangerine
wild watermelon
neon carrot
electric lime

And somewhere else along the way, hungry people decided on names.

Granny Smith Apple
Macaroni and Cheese
Pink Sherbet
Cotton Candy

When I was growing up, the food-based color names


were more

1. Marked by, exercising, or showing prudence and wise self-restraint in speech and behavior; circumspect.
2. Free from ostentation or pretension; modest.
[Middle English, from Old French discret, from Medieval Latin discrētus, from Latin, past participle of discernere, to separate, discern.]
"discreet." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 10 Feb. 2006.