i have a similar story. i wanted to yell at the designer of the XServer for choosing Red, Green and Blue for the display colors. my public schooling thoroughly trained me in Red Yellow and Blue.
RGB is for additive color mixing, like what happens in CRT and LCD displays.
Red, Yellow and Blue is probably used in the context of subtractive color mixing, like what happens with ink printed on paper or when mixing paint. The colors used for subtractive mixing are actualle cyan, magenta and yellow (the exact opposites of red, green and blue). But in mixing paint or similar, the color that is used for magenta is quite close to red, and the color that is used for cyan is quite close to blue.
-- "Codito ergo sum" Roel Schroeven
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