Sometimes a colour by any other name sounds not as sweet, but astonishingly better.
Novelist Ingrid Sundberg, who’s developed a liking for collecting the finest words the English lexicon offers, has proved just that point with her handiest of visual aids. Adjectives aren’t just for amplifying average persons, places and things; they’re especially apt at describing the kaleidoscopic pigments that tint the human condition.
The Color Thesaurus was compiled by Sundberg in an effort to sprinkle more zest into literary depictions of this so called life. Face it, “Green” sounds sadly garish against flavours like pear, pickle, juniper and pistachio. And a homely “orange” can succinctly transform into a feast of marmalades, cantaloupes, yams and ciders. Sundberg even culled the blackest depths known to modern language, emerging with inks, ebonies and sables enough to keep all weavers of words well supplied.
However, this prismatic reference tool needn’t come to the exclusive aid of fiction writers. A dexterous grasp on delicate undertones can seriously help out those dabbling in the visual or performing arts, in music, design, gastronomy and, especially, criticism. For all creatives are after ways of revealing truths however comes naturally to them, and moods and meanings shift easily along with the tools each nuanced semantic shade provides.
Nicole Parks


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