There’s a serious theory behind that, all about ‘grey issues’ and the fact that people don’t often have grey opinions… so really, if it is a grey issue, then that’s just because the black and white opinions are interspersed.
Just out of interest, is my spelling ‘grey’ jarring to those of you that use ‘gray’?
I once received an email from a reader (I presume, though not an observant one) telling me that I had spelled a number of words incorrectly in my posts, and included the following list:
These are wrong –
- Colour – there’s no U in it
- Grey – is spelled with A
- Favourite – why do you keep adding U to everything?
- Criticise – I bet you feel silly for getting this wrong
I was going to email them back, explain that I’m British and tell them that actually, I thought they were wroung.
In the end I figured they wouldn’t get the joke.
Anyway, I did think about it though, and US spelling stands out a mile to me… although, sometimes I use it – partially because I agree that the US spelling is better, partly because I know that the majority of my readership are from the US and partly because I’m too lazy to change the spell-checking thingy to a British dictionary.
…But it doesn’t look wrong, just different.
Phlegm, however, looks wrong and is spelled the same across the Atlantic.
Weird and grief too, buoy and amount.
I have another theory, that I’m not alone in finding that some words just look wrong.