grey market

Mark A. Mandel Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM
Fri Oct 13 16:59:42 UTC 2000

Barry (dammit, I'm tired of thinking up new funny ways to refer to him :-)\
) writes:


   Louise Kehoe's Column, "In San Francisco/Eagle Eye," FINANCIAL TIMES, 11
October 2000, pg. 15, col. 5, has:

   Online retailers selling "grey-market" goods, which are outside
distribution agreements, are a lot more difficult to track down than
bricks-and-mortar stores.

   Why wouldn't the FT use "gray" market?

Why don't I? Why don't lots of Murkins?

Well, that's not quite fair. I know when I picked it up: ca. age 16,
reading _The Lord fo the Rings_ and deciding I liked that spelling better
than "gray". But "grey" is common enough now in the US that the American
Heritage Dictionary describes it simply as "variant of 'gray'", with no
geographical or other limitations.

-- Mark A. Mandel

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