What’s the Color Between Black and White?
Grey, or is it gray? Well, the answer depends on whether you drink coffee or tea in the afternoon. Not really, but the correct spelling of the color is GRAY! (Notice, being a yank, I presumed that OURS is the correct spelling.) But seriously, “gray,” with an a, is defined by Webster’s New World College Dictionary as “the color that is the mixture or blend of black and white;”
The other common spelling, “grey” with an e, does have its own entry a page or so later. Grey, with an e, is the British spelling of Gray.
The AP Stylebook doesn’t mince words or beat around the bush when providing information: “gray Not grey. But: greyhound.” So a greyhound is usually gray in color, but if you have a gray hound, it doesn’t mean it’s a greyhound.
I don’t remember when the spelling of the color gray became grey, but maybe it was when Crayola started mass-producing crayons. In the United States, though, the color is GRAY. Of course, you could always play the safe-ground and call it charcoal! That’s much easier to spell.
How ’bout it?