Talking recently with a friend, I mentioned that I know eight colors, the eight they taught me in first grade for art projects.
Those are the colors. Teal is a bird, mauve is a girl that lives down the street, and burgundy is a drink. Ivory comes from elephant tusks, and fluorescent is a type of light fixture.
Needless to say, I didn't spend much time in art class after the first grade. I have to admit that the colors they're referring to these days, especially in the military fabrics have me a mite amuzed. Flat, dark earth is brown, as is coyote tan. They're both brown. Don't get me started on pastels. When we move into this house, Milady told me that she was going to do the bedroom in toile. I asked what color that is. She's still laughing about that one. Turns out it can be any number of colors, maybe blue, or brown, or black.
Let's keep this simple. There are eight colors. That's enough for anyone.