Posted by: episystechpubs | July 13, 2012

Editor’s Corner: Gray vs. Grey

A few weeks ago when I wrote about the different spellings of blond (blondand blonde ), someone asked about the word grey—or is it gray?

This is another one of those words where the primary difference in the spelling is where you live. The preferred American spelling is gray with an “a.” The rest of the English-speaking world tends to use grey with an “e.” In our Symitar documentation, we go with the rest of America and use gray, unless of course we’re writing about greyhounds (and you know that happens all the time in technical writing).

Here’s a little bit of history from Wikipedia and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

The first recorded use of grey as a color name in the English language was in AD 700. Grey is the British, Canadian, Australian, Irish, New Zealand and South African spelling, although gray remained in common usage in the UK until the second half of the 20th century. Gray is the preferred American spelling, although grey is an accepted variant. Gray became the preferred spelling in American English around 1825.

Have a super weekend!


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