Rather disgruntled at the moment that if I describe Traynor as having ‘tan’ skin or ‘bronze’ skin people not familiar with the character will see her as white with a tan, despite ‘tan’ being a color, not just a condition. ‘Light brown’ lacks panache.
I always think green when people say olive skinned. Kinda like a Kalmata olive. I mean, let’s be honest, olives are either green or black. Which confuses me, because last I check I’m not Kermit coloured. Mind you, Kermit’s not olive coloured. Err, yeah.
I’m sure I had a point way back there, but I think I may have lost it.
I don’t know where you left your point, but I totally hear you on ‘olive.’ I picture kalmatas, too. Kalmatas and 70s shag rugs (which would probably be called avocado green, even though none of the parts of an avocado are that color). I’d say the tones are more gold, but the general consensus seems to be that that’s a DIFFERENT color.
Oh, and Kermit isn’t olive colored, but Thursday night I had an olive that was kermit colored. It was really weird. I’m still not convinced they didn’t add bright green dye.
How do you feel about ochre? It’s not edible. I mean, you could eat it, it’s a mineral, you probably know more about whether it’s safe to eat than I do. :P Of course, ochre comes in different colors, and the yellowish light brown I’m thinking of is only one of them (and in the paint tube it looks kind of like baby poo… um).
I’d say that the tones are more goldy, myself. Hence the fact it drives my mum nuts that I wear silver jewellery because gold would go much better. I just don’t happen to like it.
Avacado brings to mind 1970’s british bathrooms. Although, I don’t think we had an Avacado suite, but they still lurk behind doors waiting to pounce on the unwary. You slip in expecting a nice modern white bathroom and suddenly find yourself staring down an avacado sink primed and ready to attack your senses.
The question of how I feel about ochre is terribly open ended. I mean, personally, I have very few opinions on the matter of ochreness. The Ochreisity or not of my skin tone is complicated by the many shades of ochre available. But I’d not consider it odd if someone described my (or someone elses) skin tone as ochre. That said I’m not sure how it’d work in a written, err, thing*.
It is, apparently fairly safe to eat. I had to check. By safe to eat, I’d like to clarify I’m not suggesting that you take the ochre paint chip and grate it over your salad or anything. But it’s largely non-toxic, apparently…
* I may be quite tired at this point.