What is the difference between gray and grey?
Beside the spelling. Is my hair getting streaks of gray or streaks of grey?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Never thought to ask, but I always wonder too! I just go between the two spellings to not show any favoritism.
- janetLv 71 decade ago
You got me curious so I check out a website called "the dictionary.com"
When you type in grey, it tells you to see "gray" for the correct orthography. So, looked up orthography and that definition is "the art of correctly spelled words" or something similar to that (not an exact quote). So, according to them "grey" is incorrect. By the way, I am in the US.
Fun question! Have a star.
- JanetLv 44 years ago
Grey and gray are just different spellings for the same word. Both are correct. Color is more commonly used by Americans, and colour is how they spell it in the U.K.
- CLYDE55Lv 71 decade ago
Grey is the proper spelling of the colour(not color) and Gray is a surname.
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- BeulahLv 71 decade ago
I asked a teacher at school this years ago. Was told grey was the colour. Gray was a surname.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Cars in England have four tyres and in the United States they have four tires. Do old men in England have Grey hair and old men in the United States have Gray hair ? HA, I don't have either one and I am sixty-eight. If I thought that at eighty-eight I might have either gray or grey hair I would stick around to just see what hair would look like again on my head.Source(s): Texan
- LynnLv 71 decade ago
Someone from England asked me this last week. We both agreed
to his definition, but I can't remember what he said about the first
spelling you used. We both agreed that "grey' was the color, though.
I have noted that when they refer to a 'gray' whale, it is spelled that
way, rather than with an 'e' as the vowel. So this is an interesting
question. And you get a star!
- keeprockinLv 71 decade ago
“Gray” is the American spelling, “grey” the British spelling of this color/colour. When it’s part of a British name—like Tarzan’s title, “Lord Greystoke”—or part of a place name—like “Greyfriars”—it should retain its original spelling even if an American is doing the writing.
List of errorsSource(s): http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/gray.html
- Miss KittenLv 41 decade ago
Gray is someones name, and grey is a colour.
- 1 decade ago
Gray is the same as grey. They are different variants of the same word. Similar to words like flavour and flavor, colour and color.
Depending on where you are located, one might be more accepted than another - but they are the same words with identical meanings.