Kári Tulinius sent me a link to this Johnson piece in which the author (G.L.) tries to find sites dedicated to the problem of what to call colors beyond the obvious red, yellow, etc.; unfortunately, many of the links go to Wikipedia, but there are some others of interest. I wrote about the Finnish site Coloria back in 2004, but their c o l o r a t u r e page, which “displays on one page all the names users have proposed for each shade,” is well worth a separate mention, as is the Omniglot color page, and the London College of Communication’s crowdsourcing game looks like fun. But I emitted a combined chuckle and groan (a gruckle?) when I read “Among the oddities [at the Omniglot page] is that ‘green’ is baccarat in Ingush and bäccara in Chechen; what relationship this might have to the card game played on green baize is impossible to guess.” It’s actually quite easy to guess; the answer is “none whatever.” The “c” in these words is pronounced /ts/ (my little Chechen dictionary gives the word as “bätstsara(n)”), and it’s simply another of those linguistic coincidences that are so much more common than people think.