amber/yellow lights

Victoria Neufeldt vneufeldt at MERRIAM-WEBSTER.COM
Wed Nov 28 19:29:55 UTC 2001

I'm amazed that no one has mentioned "orange" as a name for the warning
middle light.  I think that's what I first heard used, and what I still
commonly call it (haven't thought about it, though).  Can't recall anyone
reacting to it as unexpected, but also can't recall I hear it myself.  I'm
familiar with "yellow" and "amber" too -- neither one sounds odd to me.  I
will now try to listen to what people say, back here in my old hometown of
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


Victoria Neufeldt
1533 Early Drive
Saskatoon, Sask.
S7H 3K1
Tel: 306-955-8910

> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
> Of David Bergdahl
> Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2001 12:42 PM
> Subject: Re: amber/yellow lights
> My Brooklyn-born father (1909-2000) always used amber while my
> Brooklyn-born
> mother (1910-1996) used yellow.  Both grew up in Bed-Sty not far from each
> other, so I doubt if it's geographical.  I'd look in the MVB driver's test
> pamphlets or state laws.
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