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Gaelic colours

Colours in Gaelic are traditionally rooted in the landscape and the colour system in Gaelic is slightly different than in English and to a greater degree contextual. This means that the same word may actually mean a different shade or tone of colour with reference to a particular object compared to a second object. A good example is ruadh which might refer to lovely, ginger hair, your favourite dram of whisky, the brownish red of the moor or those pesky old copper coins we all have hiding in the back of the sofa. 

This is particularly true of the grey – blue – green spectrum and different dialects may use the same words for separate colours differently. We will discuss this in the future in SpeakGaelic in more detail.