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Colors with Meanings

Updated on May 19, 2014

Clever Hexadecimal Colors

What's your favorite color? Is it maybe red, green, or blue? Okay, they are pretty nice colors, but you must admit that coffee, badass, and façade are so much nicer. The only problem is that they are not colors at all. Right? Right??

Right, but at the same time wrong. Well, "coffee" isn't a color, but if you turn it into a hexadecimal color code, it is! For example, "coffee" turns into #c0ffee, "badass" into #bada55 and so forth.

Don't know what hex(adecimal) colors are? Fear not. I'll tell you what they are. I'll also tell you how to make your own funny hex colors. Then, be sure to share your creations in the Guestbook at the bottom of this page.

The gorgeous photo above is by Ranjith Shenoy

Definitions of the words (excluding "lolcat") from Dictionary.com

What the Hex? - What are hex colors?

If you are ever working with HTML and colors, you will eventually run into so-called hexadecimal (hex) color codes. They are used to specify colors.

Basically, you just need to know that

  • the [hex color] code has to be 6 or 3 characters long

  • you can use numbers 0-9

  • you can use letters a-f (and A-F; they are not case sensitive)

  • the code has a hash symbol (#) in the beginning

These are all valid examples of hex color codes:

  • the hex color code of pure white is #ffffff (or #FFFFFF or #FffFfF; the letters are not case sensitive)

  • #ff0000 (pure red)

  • #000000 (pitch black)

  • #abc123 (ugly, limeish green)

  • #c0a is the same as #cc00aa (gaudy purple)

Now comes the fun part. Because you can use letters (a-f), you can make hex colors that actually mean something, e.g. #facade (façade is an actual word).

To make this even more funny, you can think some numbers as letters. Like this:

  • 0 = o (the number 0 looks like the letter o)

  • 1 = l (lowercase L) or I (uppercase i)

  • 2 = Z

  • (4 = A) (not needed because you can use the letter a (and A))

  • 5 = S

  • 7 = T

If you are eager to learn more about hex colors, these websites are good for that:

Would you like a cup of coffee?

coffee / #c0ffee

Hey, this is truly interesting: coffee isn't black but light cyan! What have you really been drinking when you have been drinking pitch black "coffee"? :D

coffee: A beverage consisting of a decoction or infusion of the roasted ground or crushed seeds (coffee beans) of the two-seeded fruit (coffee berry) of certain coffee trees.

Not your typical cat

lolcat / #101ca7

Have you ever seen a white cat? A black one? Grey? Maybe, they are not so rare, but how about a blue cat? Anyway, this lolcat is dark blue!

lolcat: "A photo of a cat with a funny caption in lolspeak." Read more.

Stop bossing me, lady

bosses / #b055e5

Hey you, lady in that purple suit. Stop bossing me around. :P

boss: A person who employs or superintends workers; manager.

Pinkish façade

façade / #facade

Buildings are too often boring black, grey, yellow or something like that. I would like to see a pink building/façade at least once. That, if something, would be beautiful!

façade: The front of a building, especially an imposing or decorative one.

Poll: Basses vs Façade - Which one is prettier?

Quick, which one is prettier color?

See results

What color is your office?

office / #0ff1ce

Forget boring offices and gloomy walls. Brighten up your office with the official office color: irritating, gaudy cyan.

office: A room assigned to a specific person or a group of persons in a commercial or industrial organization.

Hey badass, why are you so green?

badass / #bada55

Why are you so green? Green with envy, maybe? Or are you seasick?

badass: Distinctively tough or powerful; so exceptional as to be intimidating.

There are dozens of possibilities to create funny hex colors. Try to create a funny hex color and share it below. Can you come up with better color than #c0ffee?

Here is some additional fun with hex colors:

Convert your birthday into a hex color.

If possible, try to convert your name into a hex color.

Use your imagination.

You can see the color e.g. at color-hex.com and Colllor.

Share Your Colors! - 5hare y0ur c010r5

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Also, Seasick (5ea51c) produces puke green.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Official (0f1c1a7) produces a nice skin like tone.

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Blessed Good

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      Joy Neasley 4 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Fun lens. I never thought of colors that way.

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      dogface lm 5 years ago

      @Magda2012: Hey, thanks :)

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      Magda2012 5 years ago

      This is a great lens :)

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      dogface lm 5 years ago

      @ptruc: Thanks, colors indeed is an interesting topic. :)

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      Adam Turner 5 years ago

      Interesting lens.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      very fun lens; i'll give it try!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Interesting, and I was able to read through this without panicking at all the code..

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      dogface lm 5 years ago

      @rewards4life info: Be sure to share them here. ;-)

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      rewards4life info 5 years ago

      Cool lens I learnt a few things today, I'll be trying a few different hex colour combinations later. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cool :)

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      What fun to create a birthday hex color! Never thought of that before.

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      mountainstevo 5 years ago

      I didn't know this much about hex color codes - even though I use them all the time.

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      Gale 5 years ago from Texas

      I remember when I first discovered HEX....I spent hours just playing around with different numbers to see what color they made. Fun lens!

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I enjoy playing around with colors. I'll have to try this. Thanks!

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      Linda Hoxie 6 years ago from Idaho

      Great lens, I have this site I use to try to match the colors in my intro module to the color I use on the background. Colors can be fun!

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Interesting lens!

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      doubleside lm 6 years ago

      whoaa..I didn't know that until I read this.

      Thanks for sharing!!

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      i am widely using these hexadecimal color codes. but don't know this much of information about hex code. thanks for your info and links.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Very interesting. I love colors and now I love Funny Hex Colors, too.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You sure made a kinda boring topic fun!

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      honnes9 6 years ago

      Good colors! :-----)