laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 28 06:14:19 UTC 2001
At 12:42 PM -0500 11/28/01, Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
> Greetings from my lunch hour at the Red Light Camera unit of Parking
>Violations. One frequent exuces (it's coded) is that the light was yellow.
>I've heard "amber" used, but very infrequently. About five people a year use
>"amber"--not really enough for a statistical sampling.
> I'll try to look through my papers for "steam beer" tonight.
Felicitous juxtaposition by Barry there, since most current
instantiations of "amber" I've come across (for the brownish-yellow
color rather than directly for the jewel) are in application to a
type of beer (not steam beer, however). Amsterdam Amber (from New
York) is a case in point.
The word itself (via "ambergris") is evidently from Arabic.
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