Did you know #1: The origin of the colour orange

photo of orangeThe colour orange is named after the fruit. Before this word was introduced to the English-speaking world, the colour was referred to as Ä¡eolurÄ“ad (yellow-red). 

The first recorded use of orange as a colour name in English was in 1512 in a will now filed with the Public Record Office. Orange is also the name of a town on the River Rhone in France, which in 1530 passed to the House of Nassau and so to the ancestors of William III of England.

The coincidence of this name with that of the fruit made the wearing of orange coloured badges a symbol of loyalty to William and his Protestant beliefs. 

Colour associations

Colours hold different associations in countries around the globe. In the western world, the colour orange is usually linked to fun, amusement and danger, as well as being an autumnal colour. In parts of Asia orange is symbolic of Buddhism and Hinduism; Buddhist monks robes are orange and the colour is associated with wisdom, strength and dignity

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