"Color" = "information"?!

James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Mon May 28 03:16:01 UTC 2007

>  >>From Slashdot:
>>"[Mossberg] declined to give any _color_ about the questions he and
>>Swisher are preparing [for the conference]."
>  ~~~~~~~~~~~~
>We talk sometimes of a "colorable hypothesis," for instance, which suggests
>a somewhat similar way of using "color;" i.e., providing detail, example,

I assumed, on reading it, that it was borrowing the term from sports,
where "color commentary" is background information et cetera.

James Harbeck.

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