They renamed "flesh", which approximated a white person's skin tone, to "peach" after recognizing that human skin has many different colors. Here's a neat timeline about Crayola's colors and name changes.
Man, people did a lot of experiments about a lot of things. If you followed your own link you'd have read that those people's research has had major criticism in recent years
Not to mention the loaded concepts of classifying cultural aspects such as language on a spectrum from basic to more advanced, which is dripping with ethnocentrism.
J.F. Ptak had a wonderful blog post recently about the medieval equivalent of the Crayola colour wheel, the urine wheel. Ah, the colours of medieval urine .. like a poem!
Because traffic lights are cyan, which really is just as much blue as it is green?
It's just frustrating to see you being immediately dismissive of something that you haven't bothered to engage with, and doing so in a way that's at least moderately discussed in the initial blog posts. It's like you wandered in after half the class was over and started blundering out opinions that the prof had already gone through instead of asking questions where you didn't understand.
Further, the linked article talks specifically about how Whorf was half-right, in that linguistic cross-category brain processing aids color discrimination, but only on half of the field of vision.
Until you learn the various names of the weeds in the tangled thicket you are apt not to see them as different from each other. Purple flowers become vetch and michaelmas daisies and monkshood. Giving things a specific name makes it easier to see them and to differentiate them.
I've been reading up on ancient dyes, and some of them are clearly named after things with similar colors - there's one that's furnace-like, one that's turquoise-like and so forth. The dyers obviously recognised that certain colors resembled other ones, and I don't think that the names they use are less real than ours.
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