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yaaqov wrote (edited )

I mean... This criticism could be levied against words in general. I don't think color terms are fundamentally different from, say, words for dog breeds, or genres of music, or political ideologies. "Unless you refer to a specific base pair sequence, [dog breed names] are basically arbitrary."

I'd also note that, on a different level, CMYK codes, Hz and BPM values, and genomes, are themselves arbitrary.


rot wrote

They are arbitrary systems but they're uniform number values like centimeters or inches. If I say "rose" or "sea blue" you will probably picture a different color than me. You can't misinterpret #043B4C or #FFCED4