The sun is still high up in the sky so the color for this month of August is the color of the sun – yellow.
For the uninitiated, the idea here is to come up with ways to evoke yellow without mentioning the color itself. One of the challenges in writing effective descriptions is getting the color just right. Each month on this blog we work on one color. So far we’ve done green, pink, and blue. Today, let’s come up with nouns and adjectives that bring yellow to mind.
In thinking about yellow, I’ve realized that there are cultural connotations to colors:
For example, in Germany, there is such a thing as “postgelb,” which means “post yellow,” referring to the fact that mail boxes in Germany are a certain kind of yellow. That wouldn’t make sense in the U.S. where mailboxes are a certain type of blue. But we do have taxis in yellow! Similarly, in England the phone booths of yesteryear were a certain shade of red.
Anyway, here’s my initial list (lots of food stuff!), please contribute:
The season: fall, maple leaves, old wall paper, sheetrock/plaster, nursing babies full diaper
Fun! I like your list and will come back to it the next time I need to describe something yellow. I enjoy your blog so much.
Chamois (always more yellow than tan to me)
Caterpillar heavy equipment
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golden or gold
No.2 Pencil yellow
Great words! two more: goldenrod and ochre
I had to come back and add honey!
At first all I could think of was afraid, scared (I think of the cowardly lion as yellow or the cowboy that turns away from a gunfight). Then I thought about caution.
But now to focus on the color:
highlighted words (in my favorite book)
Love this! Thanks for sparking my imagination.
Ali, Linda, Katyroo, The Desert Rocks, Julia, Tia, Nancy – thanks for all your comments and contributions! Glad you enjoy the challenge and do come back here next time you're searching for the right term to capture a shade of yellow.
The Desert Rocks – BTW, I just had honey with my breakfast and logged on to add it to the list and then saw you already had. Great fun!