Gray or Grey?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by kanti, May 16, 2004.

  1. kanti

    kanti Guest

    Feb 22, 2004
    Eugene, Oregon
    What is the correct spelling, grey or gray? I always thought that you could spell it either way, but on a paper at school I wrote grey and the teacher said I mispelled it. So, which way is the "most correct spelling" of the word?

    Oh, and BTW, I realize this is an entirely pointless thread,
    which proves I have no life whatsoever.
  2. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    I've seen both. In this country anyway, it's usually "gray". I think Europeans use "grey" more often. *

    * random opinion, I could be way off.
  3. Bass of Galt

    Bass of Galt Guest

    Mar 25, 2004
    Scrotillia Falls

    they keep saying you wipper-snappers are the "internet generation".

    well . . . are ya punk? (sorry pop culture reference you're not likely to get)
  4. "Gray" in the US, "grey" just about everywhere else in the English-speaking world.

  5. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Gray= color

    Grey= name
  6. grovest


    Feb 26, 2002
    I think she is wrong not to honour that colour spelling.
  7. Grey = Colour

    Don't worry, I'm not a spelling nazi, just showing that it depends where you're from. In the USA, people seem to spell words however they want. :D :p
  8. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK

    Damn! I was really hoping a euro TB'er had not done that yet :p
  9. I'm an American, and I always spell it "grey".
  10. I run into this situtation on practically a daily basis.

    As an architectural sign designer, I've seen it both ways, I've spelled it both ways, I read it both ways, and I don't see any problem with either spelling.

    Usually, I'll mimic the way a manufacturer calls their own color like Medium Grey or Dove Gray. I'll also call it the way a client has written it so that I avoid possible conflicts when we are doing cross-system color references.
  11. Eyescream


    Feb 4, 2004
    Knoxville, TN

    For me, it's always been grey. Gray always struck me as being too pedestrian.
  12. I see it spelled both ways all the time. However, "grey" always seemed wrong to me, so I've always said "gray"
  13. Eyescream


    Feb 4, 2004
    Knoxville, TN
    I think it's because the USA has this weird cultural thing where it's socially acceptable to be stupid (in some subcultures, anyway).

    I'll try to dig up a post I made right after I joined this forum that will further illustrate my point.
  14. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    same here.


    especially in US engineering circles, where English is a second language.

    i'll intentually spell it G-R-E-Y on specs and drawings just to get people going.

    it is the little joys in life, no?

  15. Joey3313


    Nov 28, 2003
  16. lyle

    lyle Guest

    Jan 10, 2004
    Vernon, B.C. Canada
    ..and there lacking of "U"s for certian words, and there catsup! :D :p
  17. Yeah, what is catsup? I hear much of it, but when ever I ask, I just get laughs and "it's ketchup, really". Is there a difference, or just two names for the same thing?
  18. lbanks


    Jul 17, 2003
    Ennui, IN USA
  19. Eyescream


    Feb 4, 2004
    Knoxville, TN
  20. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    It's a little easier to type gray, so I'll favor that online.