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Difference Between Gray and Grey

Gray vs Grey

One of the main differences between gray and grey is that ‘gray’ is American way of pronunciation whereas ‘grey’ is the English way of pronunciation of the word meaning a specific color.

It is learned that ‘grey’ was the way the British spelt in the 20th century. The same spelling was adopted by the Canadians as well. The English way of pronunciation became more popular.

Linguists are of the opinion that when ‘grey’ is used it conveyed a positive connotation whereas it was all gloomy description when the spelling ‘gray’ was used. It has come to be known that ‘gray’ was begun to be used more recently. Until it came to be used, the spelling in vogue was ‘grey’. Thus both of them are qualified by almost the same meaning.

The word ‘gray’ has the meaning of ‘a color that is between white and black’. In fact it lies somewhere between the extremes of white and black. You can use gray or grey to refer to any object or an animal of the color gray.

It is interesting to note that the word with the spelling ‘gray’ or ‘grey’ is also used as an adjective. For example: ‘gray day,’ ‘gray mood,’ and ‘gray hair.’ In the first two examples it gives the meaning of dull or gloomy. In the third example it is used to denote the characteristics of age.

Gray (or Grey) when it is used with regard to a subjective matter, it gives the meaning of undefined or unclear position or character; a gray area.

Also, the word ‘gray’ as a noun is used to indicate ‘the SI unit for the energy absorbed from ionizing radiation, equal to one joule per kilogram’. The abbreviation of the unit is ‘Gy,’ this name was given after the British radiobiologist, Louis Harold Gray (1905-1965). This particular meaning is of course used only in a particular context. Hence it is to be known that both the words ‘grey’ and ‘gray’ are used with the primary difference of spelling.


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