Word of the Day / Khoom, the word for brown that probably meant 'spotted with a nasty temper'
Or maybe it meant something else entirely, but the fact is, it almost certainly didn't mean brown.
There is a theory that proto-languages had only two words for color: black and white. This theory, by Brent Berlin and Paul Kay, postulates that as each language evolved, it developed words for specific colors, the first generally being "red." Interestingly, it seems that what the ancients called "red" – adom - actually encompassed a wide spectrum of colors, including brown.