Spelling: Gray vs Grey

May 14, 2020

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The English language has many quirks in how words are spelled.  Do you place an "e" at the end of potato or not?  Is it fair or faire?  While as the modern grammar police are quick to point out there is no "e" at the end of potato or fair, the spelling of one color is not so clear. “Gray” and “grey” are two different ways of spelling the word and neither is technically right. There’s no difference in its meanings, and each comes from the Old English word “grǽg.”  The fundamental difference between “grey” and “gray” is that “gray” is the widely accepted version in American English, and “grey” is widely accepted in British English. An easy way to remember is “A” is for America and “E” is for England. So relax knowing there is no wrong way to spell grey/gray!

SOURCE: Reader's Digest

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