[Ads-l] "Grey" in AmE

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 6 00:50:39 UTC 2016


All of my literate life, I've found it necessary to specify, "That's 'Gray'
with an _A_." But, as we say in the 'hood, "That's just me," roughly
equivalent to Larry's "YMMV."

FWIW, I have the impression that the name of the color was once uniformly
spelled _grey_ on both sides of the Atlantic, whereas the surname could be
either "Gray" or "Grey," with the latter being the default spelling. But I
wouldn't bet money on it.

In like manner, I am also under the impression that, nowadays, American
spelling uses only _gray_, unless circumstances clearly preclude it.
"Tarzan" is the alias of Lord John Clayton, Viscount Greystoke, Sixth Earl
of Greystoke, never spelled "Graystoke."

On Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 2:12 PM, Charles Law <chaslaw at gmail.com> wrote:

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> If you sey so, I agree.
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> On 3/4/16, 6:56 PM, "American Dialect Society on behalf of Mark Mandel" <
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> >Part of a thread on a copyeditors' list I belong to:
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> >Original post:
> >On Mar 4, 2016 12:10 PM
> >Subject: "Grey" not dead yet
> >>
> >> From the wild:
> >>
> >> "Grey is the new beige."
> >>
> >> ---Crate & Barrel
> >
> http://www.crateandbarrel.com/special-features/how-we-create-natural-mix/1
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> >> Maybe they like the visual effect of the e's in "grey," "beige," and
> >"neutral."
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> >My reply:
> >So do I. Native AmE speaker, but I've used that particular British
> spelling
> >for many years, for just that reason.
> >
> >Others:
> >
> >> I'd estimate that about a third of my American clients (mostly fiction
> >writers), even when we specify AmE and use CMOS [Chicago Manual of Style]
> >and M-W [Merriam-Webster], the whole nine yards, prefer grey over gray.
> >It's fascinating to me, a UK-born Anglo-Canadian who has always used grey
> >but has no problem switching to gray.
> >
> >>> Grey is alive and well, even in AmE. I just sent a book to the printer
> >for which that spelling was specified on the style sheet. US author. US
> >copyeditor (not me, in this case). People are entitled to their
> preference,
> >non?
> >
> >Mark Mandel
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