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The color pink

In the Duo exercise for colors you learn that the German word for pink is Pink. I never heard a German use that word. I think the word Rosa is more popular or am I crazy?

May 26, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7hAu0bvY

the word pink is used a lot in germany actually.

rosa and pink are not exactly the same either.

https://praxistipps.focus.de/unterschied-pink-und-rosa-eine-erklaerung_101088

May 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChemMJW

Interesting. I personally have never heard a native German speaker, either in Germany or Austria, call something pink." The link you provided does make it sound like it's a recent addition, and clearly it's an Anglizismus. Personally, I will probably continue to use rosa for pink. In the same way that the English red is used as a general term for a whole spectrum of reddish shades that do have their own specific names, I continue to think of rosa as a general term for pinkish shades, even though those shades might have their own technical names.

May 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AHA3006

I guess the frequency of usage depends on fashion. A couple of years ago when neon was fashionable, you could read/hear "pink" a lot. At the moment it's not so common.

I like the two words. The difference between their meaning is "lautmalerisch": "pink" is in-your-face and "rosa" is soft and fluffy.

I wonder: do female speakers use a wider variety of colour descriptions than men? I've never heard a man say "fliederfarben", "abricot", "mintgr√ľn", or "petrol" unless he was a designer.

May 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7hAu0bvY

it is an Anglizismus yes and until the 80 it wasn't really used in germany but nowadays it is really common.

May 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vabelie

And the eighties were heavy on neon colors, so you close the circle with AHA :)

May 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raisinnoir

"Rosa" does mean pink.

May 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7hAu0bvY

nope rosa and pink are not the same.

Rosa is rose colored. pink is pink

May 26, 2018
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