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Friday, May 17, 2013


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Recently, I was watching the television show "The Amazing Race".  For one of the challenges, team members had to know what chartreuse [shahr-troos] meant.  I think that all of the participants knew the word was a color, but for some reason, several of them thought that it was a red.  They were wrong.

Chartreuse is a greenish color with a yellow tinge, like the color of the plant shown in the picture above.  I think of it as a light, "springy" green (as opposed to a deeper, "summery" green).  Here are a couple of sample sentences I came up with:

The chartreuse Granny Smith apple 
looked as tart as it tasted.

The sun peeked through 
the new chartreuse leaves of the maple tree, 
warming the ground with its light.

How would you use the word chartreuse?  Can you think of other objects that could be described that way?  What other unusual color words can you think of?

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