white the anomaly

It’s just occurred to me that ‘white’ is the only basic, everyday colour with a colour that doesn’t match its name. E.g ‘red’ is red, there’s no changing that, but white is, well, mostly grey/black in my mind’s eye. How bizarre.

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3 Responses to white the anomaly

  1. Rosie says:

    I experience this too – all colours match their name except white which is grey/black in my mind’s eye!

  2. Sarah says:

    I disagree. I think that it’s sometimes hard to figure out the color of a color word- like blue. But when you think the word over and over in your mind you start to see a different color. I did this with blue, and got streaky orange.

  3. Jessica says:

    Hi, my name is Jessica Rossi and I am working on a project at the University of the Balearic Islands, Spain.
    It’s based on synesthesia and in particular on the union between colour and music. It’s a project that is dedicated to blind children.
    I am wondering if there is a general code that coincides for most people with synesthsia between colour and type of musical instrument. I mean: is it possible that red=trumpet and blue=flute? Is it a fixed measure or does it change from one person with synesthesia from another?
    Thank you… maybe Sarah can help me out on this one!
    Jessica

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