Not exactly clear on spelling: Gray vs. grey

Should you write shades of gray or shades of grey? Are the aliens abducting us the Grays or the Greys?

Depends on what side of the pond you’re on.

If you’re in America, gray is the preferred spelling. If you’re in Britain, that’ll get you one wrong on your spelling test as grey is preferred.

There – that should make the issue black and white now.


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.