Much speculation has been done in the world of grammar as to what the proper spelling of that color that lies between white and black. There is even a website devoted entirely to the subject.
As the website says, but dictionaries will not tell you, the proper spelling - in America - for the color gray is grAy. With an A. In America, if you spell the word G-R-E-Y, you are spelling someone's name.
Yes, folks, spelling can be different between European English and American English. Such differences can be seen in the words:
- Color in America & Colour in England
- Theater in America & Theatre in England
- Monologue in America & Monolog in England
So, I suppose I'm being nit-picky here, but that is the job of an Officer of the Grammar Police. If you are in America, and you are addressing Mr. Grey (or discussing my favorite comic character, Jean Grey), then you end the word in -ey. If, however, you are discussing the color, it is not capitalized and it ends in -ay.
Spelling it grey sounds like you're inviting people over for tea, which, if you are, I shall cease complaining and bat my eyelashes and promise to bring the sugar lumps. Also, it sounds pretentious and purposefully hipster - using a spelling that is reserved for other countries and isn't used by the majority of the population in your own country - and is mildly douchestastic. So, no, you don't look cool, and nobody will mistake you for a Brit just because you spell something incorrectly.
Remember the sentence: Mr. Grey wears a gray sweater.
All shall be well.
You have been served.
Love and Lyte,