I was listing a dark gray men’s shirt (size 5XL!) on eBay when I got to wondering if I’d spelled “gray” correctly. So I checked it out, and now I’ll know forever.
Well, it turns out that both spellings (gray and grey) are correct. These are both acceptable spellings. Gray is used primarily in the United States and other areas that use US English. Grey is used in Great Britain and areas that use UK English.
The only exceptions to these rules are:
1. Proper nouns such as a last name; Earl Grey and Zane Grey would not be spelled Gray and L.H. Gray must be always be spelled Gray.
2. Greyhound as in the dog breed.
3. Food irradiation (quantity of radiation energy absorbed by the food as it passes through the radiation field during processing). 1 Gray = 0.001 kGy = 1 joule of energy absorbed per kilogram of food irradiated.
When all else fails..
grAy is how it’s spelled in America
grEy is how it’s spelled in England
And if you are interested in seeing the large size shirt, you’ll find it in my Ritzy Rae store: 5XL Gray Shirt