amber/yellow lights

A. Maberry maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Wed Nov 28 17:14:39 UTC 2001

I've heard both, although "yellow" seems much more common. I seem to
remember my grandparents calling it an amber light, not yellow. Maybe it's
a generational thing.

maberry at

On Wed, 28 Nov 2001, Lynne Murphy wrote:

> Hello again,
> In the UK the middle color on a traffic light is 'amber' but I grew up in
> the US calling it 'yellow'.  I'm now confused about whether I've heard it
> as 'amber' in the US as well.  Does anyone use 'amber'?  If so, is it
> limited to certain regions or traffic control jargon?
> Thanks,
> Lynne
> Dr M Lynne Murphy
> Lecturer in Linguistics
> Acting Director, MA in Applied Linguistics
> School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
> University of Sussex
> Brighton BN1 9QH
> UK
> phone +44-(0)1273-678844
> fax   +44-(0)1273-671320

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