Oranges are orange; Yellows are…

professor speaks

Okay.

So, there’s this problem, see.

And I can’t understand it for the life of me, double-see.

You must help me out, PF.

Here it is.

I present to you the color orange:

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And, here’s an orange:

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Further, I present the color yellow:

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And that, my fellows, right up there, is a yellow, right? No!

See, it’s a lemon not a yellow.

Where’s the sense in that, I ask?

Where?!

It leaves me bewildered and confused, in truth.

What will aliens think when they get to earth and learn of such things?

Dadblameit.

117 Responses to “Oranges are orange; Yellows are…”


  1. 1 erinkenobi2893 June 18, 2016 at 14:40

    We should call limes greens, Professor!

  2. 6 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 26, 2016 at 21:23

    Do you chase your tail, as well? Lemons are yellow, yellow is not a lemon. Maybe.

  3. 8 A. Mouse May 19, 2016 at 16:23

    This then begs the question: was the fruit named after the color or was the color named after the fruit?

  4. 12 Lady Dunamis May 19, 2016 at 00:17

    Okay. I think I have figured this out. The orange is self identifying, hence, calling itself an orange, whereas the lemon is not. Therefore, it cannot be known by its color only. It must have a name.

    That is what you tell the aliens. And if all else fails, tell them not to question it. Just accept it for what it is.

  5. 18 Simply Skeptical May 18, 2016 at 23:53

    Whoa! Why didn’t I ever think of that? Of course, that’s why you’re the Professor and I’m not.

  6. 20 Jackie May 18, 2016 at 23:14

    Pumpkins are orange, bananas are yellow, tangerines are orange, corn is yellow….the more you think about it the more confusing it gets! Are there any fruits or vegetables that are called yellow? And if not, why not?! Why are oranges singled out?

  7. 26 walt walker May 18, 2016 at 22:47

    What about apples? Where is the color ‘apple’?

    • 27 Professor VJ Duke May 19, 2016 at 12:58

      Well, goodness, Mr. Walt. Leave it to you to ask very hard questions. Definitely…green, right? I mean, when a candy is flavored apple, it’s always green apple, don’t you know.

  8. 28 Haylee May 18, 2016 at 17:20

    Can we call satsumas and nectarines and clementines baby oranges then? Or orangelings? There aren’t many other orange fruits of the same size so maybe the world didn’t feel the need to differentiate.
    That said, just because everyone is doing something doesn’t make it right. I mean, perhaps green is really called purple. I’d like a purple lawn… :)

  9. 36 FictionFan May 18, 2016 at 15:43

    Oh, don’t let it put you into a black mood. Cheer up, eat your greens, play the blues, and have some yellow roses…

  10. 38 Debbie May 18, 2016 at 15:10

    Perhaps we should banish the word ‘yellow.’ After all, if we call the color ‘lemon,’ everybody seems to know what we’re talking about. Same with ‘red.’ Let’s just call it ‘cherry’ and be done with it! Good points, sir — this demonstrates why you’re the professor, you know…the ability and time to think such profound thoughts!!

  11. 40 Freakishly Fangirlish May 18, 2016 at 13:51

    Don’t question nature. It will only hurt your brain.

  12. 52 Susan P May 18, 2016 at 13:42

    I’ve read that some men are color blind. You should check your vision. Those fruits are exactly as advertised.

    I’d like to visit your picture.

  13. 76 PorterGirl May 18, 2016 at 13:39

    Actually, the original pronunciation and spelling for the fruit orange was ‘norange’. It was only later that it became synonymous with the colour. So you have language evolution to blame for your consternation, dear chap.

  14. 82 TheCrazyBagLady May 18, 2016 at 13:38

    it makes sense as the earth is blue like an orange…

  15. 114 desertdweller29 May 18, 2016 at 13:22

    Your speaks, speaks the truth. It shall be renamed to Yellow. The name “lemon” will be banished. (I believe the king of PL can do what he pleases, no? This has upset you on more than one occasion.)


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