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The One Ring Forums: Off Topic: The Pollantir:
How do you spell gray/grey?
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Poll: How do you spell gray/grey?
gray
grey
both
neither (please elaborate)
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Arwen's daughter
Half-elven


Oct 4 2012, 3:13pm

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How do you spell gray/grey? Can't Post

While double-checking my list of hood colors for gramma's geeky observation thread, I found that I often switch between spelling in the same line. What's your usual spelling of the word?


DanielLB
Immortal


Oct 4 2012, 3:15pm

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Isn't gray used by pesky Americans ;-p [In reply to] Can't Post

It's grey in the UK.


Arwen's daughter
Half-elven


Oct 4 2012, 3:36pm

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I believe that's how it's supposed to work [In reply to] Can't Post

My spelling was pretty much broken by British SF/F writers in my youth. Took a long time to break myself of colour Cool


Ardamírë
Valinor


Oct 4 2012, 3:48pm

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Mine's the same story. [In reply to] Can't Post

I grew up reading C.S. Lewis and Tolkien and just generally have gotten some of the spelling confused. I personally think that "grey" looks better.


DanielLB
Immortal


Oct 4 2012, 4:19pm

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I tell a lie ... I've used gray quite a lot in the past [In reply to] Can't Post

I've dabbled in soil science, and gray is always used in that science.


Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Oct 4 2012, 5:54pm

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Me too. [In reply to] Can't Post

I tend to use "gray" when I'm writing things that I know other people will read, and "grey" when I'm writing for myself :-)


Arwen's daughter
Half-elven


Oct 4 2012, 6:10pm

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That tends to be my rule of thumb, as well // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Magpie
Immortal


Oct 4 2012, 8:35pm

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I prefer grey... [In reply to] Can't Post

but will, in my professional world of graphic design, use gray. Sometimes that's the proper spelling of something (like Pantone colors). Other times, I feel like I'm being deliberately geeky to use grey (in the gd world -- because I used it purely as a fan of Tolkien) and I don't like feeling like I'm making some sort of geek point.

I can remember a long conversation back in the day at the Barnes and Noble University LOTR class about this.

At the time, I copied off some information from the OED that appears to the same as in this post:
http://www.unilang.org/...k=t&sd=a#p715105


(This post was edited by Magpie on Oct 4 2012, 8:36pm)


Ardamírë
Valinor


Oct 4 2012, 9:31pm

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I use them interchangeably [In reply to] Can't Post

Just because I never think about it. I just write whatever I write. Truthfully, though, I don't really write "gray" or "grey" very often. No need to. Laugh


silneldor
Half-elven


Oct 5 2012, 1:48am

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Hmm, i just realized something. [In reply to] Can't Post

I use grey to signify colors in nature and gray those things man-made.
Come to thing of it, all those fancy cars that are deemed 'silver'...to me they all are, just gray.


DanielLB
Immortal


Oct 5 2012, 6:50am

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The surname "Gray" is also quite populer. [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't see many with the surname "Grey".


macfalk
Valinor


Oct 5 2012, 10:03am

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English isn't my first language, but they taught me since young age here that it's "grey" // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Otaku-sempai
Half-elven


Oct 5 2012, 12:03pm

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I'm American and acknowledge both spellings [In reply to] Can't Post

From Tolkien we have Gandalf the Grey.

Fritz Leiber gave us the adventurers Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.


imin
Valinor


Oct 5 2012, 12:56pm

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Pretty much this [In reply to] Can't Post

Grey in the UK
Gray in the US.

I automatically always use grey as it is what i was taught as a child and i think it looks better. Nothing wrong with gray other than it just doesn't feel right. Tongue


burgahobbit
Rohan


Oct 5 2012, 8:29pm

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I think so too [In reply to] Can't Post

Grey looks better!


acheron
Gondor


Oct 6 2012, 3:56am

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I think we discussed this recently [In reply to] Can't Post

I am American and spell it "grey", and I'm pretty sure it's because of Gandalf.

Well, him and Susan Cooper's "The Grey King".


Escapist
Gondor


Oct 6 2012, 4:01am

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It depends on the shade. [In reply to] Can't Post

Grey brings to my mind a lighter color like fog.
Gray brings to my mind an earthier color that might be the color of stones in the ground or on the beach.
At least for right now - but I also recognize both.


wendy woo
Rivendell


Oct 6 2012, 4:43am

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I think I may bounce between the two. How about "theater"/"theatre" also? [In reply to] Can't Post

I've used both spellings of that word as well.


DanielLB
Immortal


Oct 6 2012, 7:58am

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Theater just looks wrong ;-P / [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Patty
Immortal


Oct 6 2012, 1:34pm

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I use both [In reply to] Can't Post

But for some reason I think I prefer it with an "a".


malickfan
Gondor

Oct 6 2012, 1:53pm

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Being English its Grey [In reply to] Can't Post

Smile


Radagast-Aiwendil
Gondor


Oct 7 2012, 9:24pm

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Tolkien says "Gandalf the Grey" so that's the answer I'm going with [In reply to] Can't Post

Although they use gray in the US and some other countries (forgive me for not seeing why some spellings need to be changed for use in the US), grey is the original (and therefore to my mind superior) spelling.


Ring-Bearer
Rivendell


Oct 8 2012, 3:02am

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Grey [In reply to] Can't Post

Though American, I prefer 'Grey'. It just feels better to write, and after all, that's how Tolkien wrote it.Smile


(This post was edited by Ring-Bearer on Oct 8 2012, 3:03am)


Finding Frodo
Tol Eressea


Oct 9 2012, 3:23am

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I was just thinking about this [In reply to] Can't Post

My daughter had "gray" on her spelling list to study, and it gave me pause when quizzing her. I mentioned to her that it can also be spelled "grey", but just to spell it the way her teacher told her! I certainly have spelled it both ways, though.


Annael
Half-elven


Oct 9 2012, 3:54pm

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me too [In reply to] Can't Post

All that reading of British authors has twisted my mind to "grey." Especially Georgette Heyer. All her characters have grey eyes. Which I've only seen on one person in my life, but perhaps she means the steel-blue eyes that my niece and nephew have?

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