It seems that many users of the fixed.org.au have recently felt the need to express their disdain at the use of the a certain well known term in relation to the colour-schemes used on fixed gear bicycles.
i am in no way defending the use of this term, and am personally not sure if this is an appropriate term when applied to bicycles, but thought that the following information may be of interest to some users of the forum.
The term is used in reference to an object that is an assemblage of multiple parts that often differ in colour from each other.
Whilst it is a term most commonly related to Sneakers (as mentioned elsewhere in this forum) is is certainly not a word exclusively intended for that particular class of object.
The term is certainly traditionally a word found in relation to fabric related goods, and most surely has origins in the world of ‘fashion’ but for a number of years it has been applied to many non fabric related goods such as toys and BMX bicycles, so it’s use in relation to fixed gear bicycles, especially by those whom have seen it as one of the identifying terms applied to most consumer items that have purchased in their lifetimes, is no great surprise at all.
Whilst the phrase “i like the colours you have chosen” may appear to be a more ‘correct’ way in which to comment to some, it would seem that usage of the word under question is still ‘correct’ in terms of modern linguistics, not that it is ‘proper’ English, as it is an American word.
It was also suggested elsewhere in this forum that the word in question could be substituted with the word ‘cock’.
i am by no means opposed to this substitution myself (i even think it’s not a bad idea) though perhaps the phrase “i like the cock” may be misunderstood by non regular visitors to the forum and confusion may ensue.