Gray vs. Grey

Gray and grey are both correct spellings for that almost-black color, but choosing which to use depends on where you live.

If you are in the United States, gray is more common. If you are in another English-speaking country, grey is preferred.

You can remember this by noting the A and the E in the words:

In America, use grAy.
In England, use grEy.

(But, of course, don’t forget Scotland, Ireland, Australia, and Canada. They use grey too.)

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4 thoughts on “Gray vs. Grey

  1. And New Zealand.

    It’s easier to remember here because we have Greymouth and Greytown both named after Governor George Grey who was a colonial governor before becoming Premier. Although I can remember working with a North American journalist who once spelled one of those place names with an A.

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