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Q: GREY/GRAY - color? difference? ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: GREY/GRAY - color? difference?
Category: Science > Physics
Asked by: benbenbenbenbenben-ga
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Posted: 26 Jul 2003 09:22 PDT
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Question ID: 235359
Is Grey (Gray) a color and, further, what is the difference between
these two spellings?
Subject: Re: GREY/GRAY - color? difference?
Answered By: andrewxmp-ga on 26 Jul 2003 09:41 PDT
Hi ben [excetra],   ;)

It appears that the "gray" varient appeared later, as an American
English varient of "grey".  Both have mostly the same many meanings:

"gray1 also grey    ( P )  Pronunciation Key  (gr)
adj. grayˇer, also greyˇer grayˇest, greyˇest 
Of or relating to an achromatic color of any lightness between the
extremes of black and white.

Dull or dark: a gray, rainy afternoon. 
Lacking in cheer; gloomy: a gray mood. 

Having gray hair; hoary. 
Old or venerable. 
Intermediate in character or position, as with regard to a subjective
matter: the gray area between their differing opinions on the film's

An achromatic color of any lightness between the extremes of black and
An object or animal of the color gray. 
often Gray
A member of the Confederate Army in the Civil War. 
The Confederate Army. "
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So yes, "grey" is a color, and was always so.  Us Americans had to go
and be different with "gray."

A few meanings are unique, however, to the "gray" varient.  For

n. Abbr. Gy 
The SI unit for the energy absorbed from ionizing radiation, equal to
one joule per kilogram."
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"Gray" is the American spelling. "Grey" is the British spelling."
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Subject: Re: GREY/GRAY - color? difference?
From: jeeagle-ga on 26 Jul 2003 12:18 PDT
Gray is a color.

Grey is a *colour*. 

(Pedantic Brit signing off)
Subject: Re: GREY/GRAY - color? difference?
From: vinsvixen2-ga on 26 Jul 2003 20:31 PDT
jeeagle,  made me laugh!  :-)   too funny!

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