(2022-11-18 16:33)Elinox Wrote: Depends on the word.
True. The ones can come to mind are periodic elements, those are pretty set in stone since there's a specific number of subatomic particles in each type to the best of my knowledge.
(2022-11-18 16:33)Elinox Wrote: To go off your color example, if I say something is "purple" everyone who understands English knows, at least the family of colors, I'm referring to. It's not green and it's not red, those are different. Yes, there are various shades of purple and everyone's going to have a default they think of when you say "purple" (for example: mine is a deep, royal purple). However, the color itself is defined and understood. There's no (sorry for the pun) grey area.
I'd have to argue that there is a gray area with color (and with most descriptive words).
It's hard to mistake green for purple since they're not next to each other on the visible light spectrum. There are several other "categories" we've placed between them. But things are different when we're comparing 2 colors that don't have a commonly accepted category between them yet.
(not sure if this pic will post)
In a blue to purple gradient, there's no specific point where the color stops being purple & starts being blue. In the future, maybe we'll need to make yet another box for the color in between purple and blue. But for now, there's no widely accepted box. So the color right between blue & purple is both & neither.
If we put that color next to purple, we'll call it blue. If we put that same color next to blue, we'll call it purple. Even though the color doesn't change.
(If anyone's curious what my PFP is, I had a dream I saw mother nature once & she looked like this.)