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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Is the spelling grey or gray?

In Australia, The Fifty Shades of Grey novel could easily be mistaken for a book about an achromatic colour as opposed to the person, Christian Grey. In Australia we use the word grey to refer to an achromatic colour and gray, is the SI derived unit of measurement of absorbed dose of ionising radiation. There’s no such confusion in America, as gray is both the spelling of the achromatic colour and the SI derived unit of measurement.

If you perform a search for the terms “grey colour” and “gray colour”, using Google for sites in Australia (sites ending in .au), what you’ll find is more pages contain the incorrect spelling gray at a ratio of 4:3. The word grey is an unusual word as it appears more people spell the word incorrectly than correctly.

Kelvin Eldridge