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Mr. Nyman and associates,
And changing them to these:
The existing colors play on the traditional and played out red and blue motifs, whereas the updated colors, purple and yellow, are not only a more 21st century color color tuple choice but also each come from existing globally proven use cases.
In preparation for this pull request I first analyzed the current color distribution across all languages (source available here):
As you can see, there are already a multitude of reds, yellows and purples, which assures me that these changes won't stand out relative to other colors used on GitHub today.
In closing I would like to leave you with this photo