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Why do people perceive colours differently?

16 December 2020

Learn more in today's episode of Spreading the Words on the word gorm.

How colour is described is determined by cultural, as well as linguistic factors. Discover how Irish ‘gorm’ can depict both the blue of eyes and the darkness of eyebrows.

Episode 19: Gorm (black and blue). Listen to the podcast here.

Spreading the Words is a new series by MoLi on the histories of Irish words from literature and everyday life. The episodes are written by Sharon Arbuthnot and Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, authors of A History of Ireland in 100 Words, and produced in association with the book and the electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language. Read by Deirdre Lewis.

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