Gray vs. Grey: Which One to Use?

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Grey is the hue of dismal clouds and adorable koala bears. Or could it be "gray"? Is "gray" or "grey" the correct spelling? Which should be used?

"Gray" and "grey" are alternative spellings of the same word; neither is technically "correct." Both are derived from the same Old English word: ''grǽg.''

According to Grammarly, the word was spelt both as "greye" and "graye" in major works of literature throughout the 14th century.

It's usually accepted in American English to use the word "gray," whereas in British English, it's widely accepted to use the word "grey."

According to Grammar Girl, this is simple to remember because "A" stands for America and "E" stands for England.

It is the same as any other British/American word difference: "organise" vs "organize," "catalogue" versus "catalog," and "grey" versus "gray."

Unfortunately, grammar does not allow us to escape that easily. There are terms or names that contain the word "gray" or "grey" where only one spelling is correct.

The dog breed greyhound, for example, is always spelled with an E and never with an A. There is also a fish with the letter A called the grayling.

Overall, if you are American, you should use 'gray' and if you are British, you should use 'grey.' And for grammatical terms that contain the words, use them as they are.

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