Why do we refer to the “yellow pages”?

Why was the color yellow chosen? Why not the green pages or blue pages? Answer Because the Yellow Pages were distinct from the white pages (residential listings) and they were, and are, yellow. Yellow Pages refers to a telephone directory of businesses, categorized according to the product or service provided. As the name suggests, such … Read more

“vermilion” or “vermillion”?

Which one has primacy in English: “vermilion” or “vermillion” (as a color) ? Both have entries in various dictionaries. Is the difference concerned with AmE/BrE ? Answer It appears that the single-L spelling is more popular on both sites of the pond, according to the British National Corpus and the Corpus of Contemporary American English: … Read more