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To the Editor:—
With one exception I heartily agree with Dr. Herman F. Meyer in his letter on page 274 of The Journal, Sept. 18, 1954, under the caption "Misused Expressions." Dr. Meyer objects to the terms "bluish gray" or "reddish brown." Dr. Meyer is almost certainly aware of the facts that pure colors are rare, that color can be accurately described only on the basis of spectrum absorption, and that many persons have defective color vision. Most colors are mixtures of primary colors, and shades of color are of infinite variety. Gray is a mixture of white and black. If a light or medium gray also has enough blue in it to be noticeable the shade would most certainly be bluish gray. "Bluish" is defined by Webster as "somewhat blue." If the blue were very noticeable the term blue-gray would be preferable, bluish suggesting a fainter degree of blue
Schaefer JH. MISUSED EXPRESSIONS. JAMA. 1954;156(15):1428. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950150049023