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Silver isn't a colour
What colour is a mirror? Mirrors are usually made of glass with a silver coating and it is the silver that we see taking on the colours of what it reflects, with no colour of its own. Objects show colour when viewed in light by virtue of selective absorbtion and relection of different light wavelengths, visible ones corresponding to colours. It an object relects only blue wavelengths it will appear (guess what?) blue. Silver isnt a colour! A photographer can take a photo of a silver dish and a painter can paint a silver dish and it will be what he sees, but he doesnt use silver paint because it wont look like the object! Try photocopying a a blue sheet (colour blue) and then try photocopying a mirror ("colour" silver??).
The same applied to other metals such as aluminium, which is looks different to silver because it relects and absorbs the spectrum of visible light wavelengths in a slightly different way. Gold has its yellowish appearance because though highly reflective, it absorbs wavelegths at the blue end of the spectrum, and reflects at the yellow/red end.
I think it would be more correct to called silver a state of tinted-grey than a color. This make me ponder, if there is such a thing called effect, because if tint is a natural derived property from chromic phenomenon than there is no such thing called special effects. They are just states of colors, where each color inherited a different property depending on the thing they are expose to. To be more confusing, I wonder is the visual texture of an object is derived from. --184.108.40.206 (talk) 01:19, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
The term "silver" is commonly used to describe a reflective shade of metallic grey, such as paint for cars described as "metallic silver". Despite the precise technical arguments, we must recognise and accept the way words are actually and commonly used. Darkman101 (talk) 16:22, 7 December 2013 (UTC)
The sentence "Like orange and purple, silver has no common rhyme." is pointless, meaningless and should be removed. This is similar to the Trivia sections that have mostly been removed from wikipedia articles. If you look in the reference it is shown that it does have a perfect rhyme and while it is obscure and therefore not common, it is still a rhyme that makes this a misleading sentence. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Iddillian (talk • contribs) 20:15, 2 November 2012 (UTC)