[Ads-l] "Grey" in AmE

Charles Law chaslaw at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 4 19:12:20 UTC 2016

If you sey so, I agree.

On 3/4/16, 6:56 PM, "American Dialect Society on behalf of Mark Mandel" <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU on behalf of thnidu at GMAIL.COM> wrote:

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>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Poster:       Mark Mandel <thnidu at GMAIL.COM>
>Subject:      "Grey" in AmE
>Part of a thread on a copyeditors' list I belong to:
>Original post:
>On Mar 4, 2016 12:10 PM
>Subject: "Grey" not dead yet
>> From the wild:
>> "Grey is the new beige."
>> ---Crate & Barrel
>> Maybe they like the visual effect of the e's in "grey," "beige," and
>My reply:
>So do I. Native AmE speaker, but I've used that particular British spelling
>for many years, for just that reason.
>> 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,
>Mark Mandel
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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