But who cares about color genetics, other than that small group? The point is, or should be, that if you have a bunch of horses in a field, and tell the guy standing next to you "Look at that tri-color one" (or bay, palamino, etc), he's going to know which one you're talking about. Language is about communication, and when you insist on using the language of your in-group with people outside that group, you aren't communicating.
I have to agree with this, to a degree. While I enjoy knowing proper terms for things and enjoy being able to talk to people who understand what I'm talking about -- there are times when you have to be able to communicate to someone and your fancy dancy proper terms aren't important.
I guarantee you if I started blathering about proper rabbit or chicken terms, the average pet rabbit or chicken owner would have NO IDEA .. If they are receptive, teach'em.. otherwise .. so what??
Recent true story. I had a horse come up missing a few weeks ago. I was close to panic when I called the Sheriff dept and during the multiple calls that happened after that. Each time, I was asked "What color is your horse?" .. and each time I had this delimma.
See, my horse is brown. Solid brown. But 99% of the population would call him black. Do I say brown? Do I say black? S
o I found myself saying "Most people would call him black, but he is brown.. really, most people would say black"
"Well, we picked up a black horse that fits that description"
"Yes, yes, he's black .. with the following brands..."
"Ma'am .. Mr. So-n-So has your horse, he's fine."
If I had insisted on the "correct" term, 'cause by-God it's PROPER, Deputy City-Transplant might have thought I was talking about a Sorrel or Bay horse..
I.HAD.TO.COMMUNICATE... If calling him BLACK helps do that .. that's what I did.
(the horse was fine.. someone opened the gap and he got out)