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Also, would it be opening a bag of worms to ask about colo(u)r order? Why "black and white" and not "white and black"?

Well, obviously it's not a universal thing based on the colors themselves; Romance languages invariably have it the other way round: "blanc et noir", "blanco y negro", etc..

Not in French, I'm afraid. "Noir et blanc" is the usual order.
Isabelle Cecchini
Isabelle Cecchini filted:
Well, obviously it's not a universal thing based on the ... other way round: "blanc et noir", "blanco y negro", etc....

Not in French, I'm afraid. "Noir et blanc" is the usual order.

I can see that Mario Pei and I are going to have to have a long talk....r
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