Color Spotlight: Orange

Risheek Priyadarshi, Editor-in-Chief

Orange was born in around 1512, which was when it was first recorded as a color. Soon after, orange worked hard to become widely recognized, just like all of its brother and sister colors. Orange amounted up an interesting résumé—it was named after the fruit, whose name in French is pomme d’orange, which shows how exotic it is as a color. It overshadowed the color saffron, which was used to describe a lighter shade of the mighty orange. Its hue is a brilliant shade between red and yellow, making it the first secondary color.

From the start, orange applied itself to everything it could. It went above and beyond to make sure it was seen as a unique color. There are several thousand things that are orange in this world, including pumpkins, carrots, traffic cones, ugly clothes, leaves during autumn, basketballs, Nemo, candy corn, Garfield, fire, Guy Fieri’s lit shirts, Donald Trump, cantaloupe, Doritos, Fanta, and, surprisingly, the fruit orange.

Orange became so unique that there is almost no word in the entire English lexicon that rhymes with it. Orange hopes to stay a mainstream color in the future.