The story of the colour, heliotrope

Are there any words you love and, conversely, any you don’t like? Apparently, the least favourite word in the UK is ‘moist’ (and in the States, too) with ‘Brexit’ coming in at fourth place.

I’m not mad keen on beverage and platter (they make me visibly cringe) but love parsimonious and profligate. And today I’ve been saying ‘heliotrope’ a lot since discovering what a beautiful colour it is (a light purple).

It was a colour that women were permitted to wear in half-mourning, mainly because heliotrope flowers symbolised devotion so the colour was acceptable by association.

Come on, fess up – most and least favourite words?

Martha, The Colour File x

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