Fuchsia, baige [sic], puke, butter yellow, pistachio…

In a fascinating bit of amateur lexical analysis, Stephen Von Worley created this color strata image, using data collected from XKCD‘s Color Survey:

Sadly, pistachio, a hue that’s notoriously difficult to pin down, is nowhere to be found. Spencer Finch will be disappointed.

If anyone’s interested in the actual linguistics behind color names, Berlin & Kay’s Basic Color Terms (Amazon link) is the seminal work, although I’m pretty sure they didn’t discover color names like baige [sic], puke, or butter yellow.