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We can say "a popular book". I think we can say "a famous book". We can also say "a famous person" and "a popular person". But why can't we say "a famous colour"?
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How about something like Bentley cars' racing green?
If I have made any mistakes, please tell me about them. I need to improve my English anyway and I hope you'll help me.
without a communication breakdown whereas the latter could be relaxed for specific effect (humorous, etc.). The 'popular v. famous' issue seems to be of the second type, that is a 'famous colour' might not necessarily be wrong and could add something else to the initial meaning (humour, irony, sarcasm, etc.). As always, context is absolutely crucial.
Be warned - this is a subjective view, don't go and bend the rules of the English language.