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Grey/Gray
Color icon gray.svg
 — Common connotations —
boredom, reality, seriousness, neutrality, dullness, mediocrity, undefinedness, pessimism, cursing, tragedy, grump and contentment
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #808080
sRGBB (r, g, b) (128, 128, 128)
HSV (h, s, v) (--°, 0%, 50%)
Source HTML/CSS[1]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
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Grey (outside the U.S. and some parts of the U.S.) or gray (some U.S. only – see spelling differences) describes the colors ranging from black to white.
^ Harping over variations in the spelling of gray/grey, color/colour, etc.
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

^ When I am annoyed at MS-Word default US spell checker, I go with gray and color.
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In other words, even in England 'grey' is not the ONLY admissible spelling, and 'gray' is NOT an American innovation, but rather a perpetuation of 18th-century English usage.
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

.These, including white and black, are known as achromatic colors or neutral colors.^ I have been under the impression that there is an actual color difference in grey (between black and white with warm or red undertones) and gray (between black and white with cool or blue undertones).
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

These "new" neutrals have low colorfulness and/or chroma on the color wheel.
Greys are seen commonly in nature and fashion. Grey paints are created by mixing complementary colors (that is colors directly opposite on the color wheel, e.g. yellow and violet). .In the RGB color model used by computer displays, it is created by mixing equal amounts of red, green, and blue light.^ I have been under the impression that there is an actual color difference in grey (between black and white with warm or red undertones) and gray (between black and white with cool or blue undertones).
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

.Images which consist wholly of neutral colors are called monochrome, black-and-white or greyscale.^ I have been under the impression that there is an actual color difference in grey (between black and white with warm or red undertones) and gray (between black and white with cool or blue undertones).
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

The first recorded use of grey as a color name in the English language was in AD 700.[2]

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In color theory

Most grey pigments have a cool or warm cast to them, as the human eye can detect even a minute amount of saturation.[citation needed] Yellow, orange, and red create a "warm grey". Green, blue, and violet create a "cool grey".[3] When there is no cast at all, it is referred to as "neutral grey", "achromatic grey" or simply "grey".
Grays.svg
WARM GREY COOL GREY
Mixed with 6% yellow. Mixed with 6% blue.
.Two colors are called complementary colors if grey is produced when they are combined.^ So they changed some of the spelling of the words, like grey -> gray, colour -> color, honour -> honor, etc.
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

^ So I guess that means we Canadians respectfully agree with the Queen, when we say "Grey is a Colour" where as Americans say "Gray is a color" in Rebellion from the Queen they once chose to seperate from.
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

Grey is its own complement. .Consequently, grey remains grey when its color spectrum is inverted, and so has no opposite, or alternately is its own opposite.^ I have had no influence as to which spelling is correct, I simply chose on my own that I liked grey better.
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

Artists sometimes use the two different spellings to distinguish between strict combinations of black and white versus combinations that have elements of hue.[citation needed]

Web colors

.There are several tones of grey available for use with HTML and CSS in word form, while there are 254 true greys available through Hex triplet.^ If so, then please explain to me why you do not spell the word as "grafs," when, according to that logic, you should be using the older form as it is more correct.
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

^ PixelPusher on June 12, 2007 at 12:29 PM: I've always used grEy - but outlook just yelled at me for using the word greyscale...
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

^ My pet peeve is the incorrect use of other words like: there/their, your/you're, want/won't, etc.
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

.All are spelled with an a: using the e spelling can cause unexpected errors (this spelling was inherited from the X11 color list), and to this day, Internet Explorer's Trident browser engine does not recognize "grey" and will render it as green.^ I use the grey spelling more.
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Windows® Internet Explorer® 7.0 or later, 32 bit browser only.

^ Matt Gray on November 26, 2008 at 11:19 AM: As a person with the last name "Gray", it bothers me when people use "Grey" to spell my name.
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

.Another anomaly is that "gray" is in fact much darker than the X11 color marked "darkgray"; this is because of a conflict with the original HTML gray and the X11's "gray", which is closer to HTML's "silver". The three "slategray" colors are not themselves on the grey scale, but are slightly saturated towards cyan (green + blue).^ Loved the grey colour/gray color.
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I then thought that color was grEy and names were grAy.
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Grey for the color/colour and Gray for hair.
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

.Note that since there are an even (256, including black and white) number of unsaturated tones of grey, there are actually two grey tones straddling the midpoint in the 8-bit greyscale.^ There are american way and english way to spell the colour between black and white.
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I have been under the impression that there is an actual color difference in grey (between black and white with warm or red undertones) and gray (between black and white with cool or blue undertones).
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I never thought to think there would be two ways to spell grey/gray your story was great and cool.
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

.The color name "gray" has been assigned the lighter of the two shades (128 also known as #808080), due to rounding up.^ I then thought that color was grEy and names were grAy.
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Having to spell my name has just been an irritant to me because gray isn't hard to spell - I've tried using the response, "Like the color."
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Gray is often a lighter shade but the pair should not be understood as levels of grey.
  • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

In browsers that support it, "grey" has the same color as "gray".
HTML Color Name Sample Hex triplet
(rendered by name) (rendered by hex triplet)
lightgray #D3D3D3
gray #808080
darkgray #A9A9A9
dimgray #696969
lightslategray #778899
slategray #708090
darkslategray #2F4F4F

Color coordinates

RGB
Grey values result when r = g = b, for the color (r, g, b)
CMYK
Grey values are produced by c = m = y = 0, for the color (c, m, y, k). Lightness is adjusted by varying k. In theory, any mixture where c = m = y is neutral, but in practice such mixtures are often a muddy brown (see discussion on this topic).
HSL and HSV 
Greys result whenever s is 0 or undefined, as is the case when v is 0 or l is 0 or 1

Visual psychology

Grey square comparison same color illusion: Squares A and B are, in fact, exactly the same shade of grey

In nature

Ammonites in a wall in Germany

Animals

  • The grey wolf is the largest wild member of the Canidae family.
  • The grey whale is a whale that travels between feeding and breeding grounds yearly.
  • A grey horse has dark skin and a coat color that is dark at birth and gradually silvers with age until the hair coat is completely white, but the skin remains dark.

In popular culture

Grey weather
Environmentalism
Ethics
  • In a moral sense grey is either used
    • to describe situations that have no clear moral value, or
    • positively to balance an all-black or all-white view (for example, shades of grey represent magnitudes of good and bad).
Folklore
  • In folklore, grey is often associated with goblin folk of several kinds. Scandinavian folklore often depicts their gnomes and nisser in grey clothing. This is partly because of their association with dusk, partly because these races, including elves (see below), often are outside moral standards (black or white).
Gerontology
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  • The color grey is often associated with aging or the passage of time, likely due in part to the decreased pigment-production of hair follicles in time, corresponding to the greying of human hair.^ Grey for the color/colour and Gray for hair.
    • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ As a Canadian highschool student, words like grey/gray often get marked incorrectly on my papers.
    • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Nowadays I tend to spell colors or moods as grey and things that I love with gray (like gray wolves or gray squirrels).
    • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

    [4] In this context, grey is often used synonymously with "elderly", as in "the grey pound" or "grey power" (when referring to the economic or social influence of the elderly), or as used by groups such as the Gray Panthers.
Journalism
Literature
Military
Music
Mythology
  • The goddess Athena was described as having bluish grey (Greek: γλαυκός, glaukós, literally "owl-like") eyes, hence her epithet γλαυκῶπις, glaukōpis, "owl-eyed".
Nanotechnology
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  • Grey goo is a hypothetical end of civilization scenario, involving molecular nanotechnology in which out-of-control self-replicating robots consume all living matter on Earth while building more of themselves (a scenario known as ecophagy).^ Grey/Gray....never really gave 2 thoughts about it....sometimes I like the "e" and other times, I feel in more in the mood to use the "a".....it's all same in the end!
    • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

    [5]
Parapsychology
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  • It has been claimed that those who are suffering from the mental illness of clinical depression have grey auras.^ So those who like grey...okay.
    • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Nick C on February 23, 2009 at 5:24 PM: peace to all the people: those who spell it "gray" and those who spell it "grey".
    • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You liken those who spell "grey" with an "e" to cavemen.
    • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

    [6]
Philosophy
  • A concept that is in a grey area is a concept about which one is unsure what category in which to place it.
Poetry
Politics
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  • Martin Bormann was called the grey eminence because, as the executive secretary to Adolf Hitler, he amassed great power behind the scene, because he was the one who controlled access to the Führer.^ In one episode, Jean lost control of her powers which caused her to be uncontrollably read people's minds.
    • Jean Grey (comic book character) - comicvine.com 31 January 2010 12:54 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Jean Grey is a powerful telepathic and telekinetic mutant, named Marvel Girl, who also had access the Phoenix's powers.
    • Jean Grey (comic book character) - comicvine.com 31 January 2010 12:54 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Wolverine tells Storm to get everyone to safety while he stays behind, as he is the only one who can stop her [because of his healing factor].
    • Jean Grey (comic book character) - comicvine.com 31 January 2010 12:54 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

    [8] The phrase originated as a description of François Leclerc du Tremblay, the French monk who served as advisor to Cardinal de Richelieu.
  • The National Renaissance Party was an American neo-fascist group led by James Hartung Madole. The party was active from 1949 to 1979. The members of the party were also known as the grey shirts.[9]
Sexuality
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  • In the bandana code of the gay leather subculture, wearing a grey bandana means that one is into the sexual fetish of Bondage (BDSM).^ Jean Grey is an Omega Level mutant, meaning that she is one of the most powerful mutants in the Marvel Universe.
    • Jean Grey (comic book character) - comicvine.com 31 January 2010 12:54 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

    [10]
  • .
  • In gay slang, a grey queen is a gay person who works for the financial services industry (this term originates from the fact that in the 1950s, people who worked in this profession often wore grey flannel suits).^ Matt Gray on November 26, 2008 at 11:19 AM: As a person with the last name "Gray", it bothers me when people use "Grey" to spell my name.
    • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Nick C on February 23, 2009 at 5:24 PM: peace to all the people: those who spell it "gray" and those who spell it "grey".
    • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Imagine if you are an end user who is asked to work with even a fraction of those - think of how much investment is made in training people!

    [11]
Sound engineering
Sports
  • Baseball uniforms used for away games are often grey. .This came about because in the 19th and early 20th century, away teams didn't normally have access to laundry facilities on the road, thus stains were not noticeable on the darker grey uniforms as opposed to the white uniforms worn by the home team.
  • Grey is one of the colors used by Georgetown Hoyas.
  • On 13 April 1996, Manchester United wore, for only the fifth time, their (then current) grey away shirts when playing Southampton at Southampton's ground, The Dell.^ If you've written an add-in that uses the Office PIA's, it might be time to upgrade that to .NET 4.0 and drop the PIA's - one less thing to worry about during deployment.

    ^ I may be a little too passionate about this, but I've always hated being surrounded by people using 'gray' when 'grey' would be more appropriate.
    • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Having to spell my name has just been an irritant to me because gray isn't hard to spell - I've tried using the response, "Like the color."
    • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

    At the half time break, with Manchester United unexpectedly trailing 3–0, they changed into another team kit, this time in blue and white. .In the second half Manchester United performed better, although only scoring one goal to end the game 3–1 down.^ Certainly the technology has changed a lot, but the end goal is still the same - enabling information exchange between systems and applications to enable better information exchange between people.

    .It was claimed that Manchester United's poor performance in the first half was down to the players having difficulty seeing their teammates in the grey kit, and that kit was never worn again!^ As for "greyhound", which, as far as I know, is never spelt any other way, the same Fowler states that "it is known to be unconnected with 'grey', though the meaning of its first part is doubtful."
    • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

    [12]
Symbolic language
  • In France, to be "grey" (être gris) means to be drunk. .Accordingly, to be extremely drunk is to be "black" (être noir).
  • In the U.S., the college slang verb to gray was used around 1900 to mean to get drunk.^ JingKang on March 30, 2009 at 8:32 AM: i love this, i have been using grey whereas my friends around me are using gray.
    • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

    [13]
Television
  • Grey is associated with former British Prime Minister John Major. .His puppet on the satirical TV show Spitting Image was entirely grey, implying that he was incredibly dull.^ By comparison, Grey's Anatomy (the TV show) is American (they just wanted to capitalize on the well known book but refrained from using the same spelling).
    • The Difference Between Gray and Grey, Bernie Zimmermann 3 February 2010 15:43 UTC www.bernzilla.com [Source type: Original source]

    [citation needed]
UFOs

See also

References

  1. ^ W3C TR CSS3 Color Module, HTML4 color keywords
  2. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 196
  3. ^ Color Palette
  4. ^ Dominique Van Neste and Desmond J. Tobin, "Hair cycle and hair pigmentation: dynamic interactions and changes associated with aging," Micron, 35, 3 April 2004, pp 193–200.
  5. ^ Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (June 9, 2004). "Leading nanotech experts put 'grey goo' in perspective". Press release. http://www.crnano.org/PR-IOP.htm. Retrieved 2006-06-17. 
  6. ^ Arthur E. Powell The Astral Body and Other Astral Phenomenon Wheaton, Illinois:1927—Theosophical Publishing House, page 12
  7. ^ The Cool, Grey City of Love by George Sterling
  8. ^ Martin Bormann—The Grey Eminence
  9. ^ Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and the Politics of Identity by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, page 85
  10. ^ Card showing list of bandana colors and their meanings, available at Image Leather, 2199 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114 and Gay City USA Hanky Codes
  11. ^ Rodgers, Bruce Gay Talk (The Queen's Vernacular): A Dictionary of Gay Slang New York:1972 Paragon Books, an imprint of G.P. Putnam's Sons, page 99
  12. ^ 13.04.96 Manchester United's grey day at The Dell
  13. ^ Purdy, Belmont. "More About the Verb 'To Gray'" in The New York Times, January 22, 1902.

External links


Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also grey

English

Proper noun

Singular
Grey
Plural
-
Grey
  1. A surname, alternative spelling of Gray

Anagrams

  • Anagrams of egry
  • gyre

Citable sentences

Up to date as of December 28, 2010

Here are sentences from other pages on Grey, which are similar to those in the above article.








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