Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon Oct 16 12:31:19 UTC 2000

These are cool stories. I grew up with "greazy" (of course, in Louisville),
but after I became aware of "greasy," I used it to refer to more delicate
application of finer products (although I never extended this to verb and
verb-derived forms - no  matter how delicate the oil, a "greazed" pan is
always that for me).
The process seems general, but the results appear to be often idiosyncratic.


>>"Gray" is a flat color.  There's no grainy-ness to it; it's the exact same in
>>every spot.
>>"Grey" is more of a splotchy color.  Like 'heathered grey', 'oatmeal grey',
>I've never heard that distinction, but I like it.

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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