Another quick note on Alan’s colorful writing. He got an article on linguistic color references published in Language magazine.
“Language” has a fancy Flash-powered web-as-magazine interface, complete with flippy paper sounds. I can’t link you deep into it (which I suppose is how they want it), so you’ll just have to open it up and turn to page 30. Take a look here: Alan Kennedy’s “Colorful Language” in Language magazine.
Also, apropos of the orange discussion and the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, I heard someone today describe the unrest in Egypt as a “color revolution.” The term was new to me, but not to Wikipedia. According to the article, it describes places where “massive street protests followed disputed elections or request of fair elections and led to the resignation or overthrow of leaders considered by their opponents to be authoritarian.” Just how colorful will this map get before the dust settles?