How Colors and Language Influence Each Other


How Do Colors and Language Influence Each Other

Colors and language are two highly important aspects of human life. And believe it or not, both are a product of our own creation. At first glance, colors seem to be the property of objects, like mass, volume, shape and so on; but they’re not. Colors are the brain’s interpretation based on light receptors in our eyes. Another way of putting it would be to say that colors are nothing more than light waves at different frequencies, interpreted differently by us.


To have color, we first need a light source, like the sun, then we need a surface for that light to hit -because light through empty space is invisible- and then we need someone to see it. Without one of these things, colors would not exist. Objects take on new colors than the ones we’re used to if they are hit by differently-colored light. Not to mention the fact that some people and animals see colors differently than the rest of us.

Language on the other hand, is more straightforward in this regard, since we know we invented it, and without us, language would not exist. Okay, other animals have their own form of language, but for the sake of this argument, please bare with us here. Human language has evolved over millennia, from simple grunts to more and more complex forms of speech. And it is without exception that language was, and still is, highly influenced by the surrounding environment. With these being said, please check out the infographic below and see just how colors and language influence each other over time and cultures.

How Colors and Language Influence Each Other
How Colors and Language Influence Each Other. Image via BEHR

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