Hoist yar Colours! Brown be the color of earth, wood n' home. During the 17th n' 18th century brown was the color of the masses, or working class. The word brown comes from the Mediterranean word for coffee. There be many hues of brown, like bronze, chocolate, taupe, n' walnut. Brown is made by combining red, black n' yellow together n' be popular with the military, as was easy to keep clean. The color be associated with stability, warmth, n' honesty.