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Antonio

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Hi Group,

I understand that in English, gray represents something in the middle, in between. You can say for example "I had a grey day" But my question is, can I say:

"I think we're going to have a gray year"
"He's a gray politician"
"It's a gray company"

If am right or I am wrong, or If I am missing some other examples of the word gray, please let me know.
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Antonio.
 

twostep

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Antonio said:
Hi Group,

I understand that in English, gray represents something in the middle, in between. You can say for example "I had a grey day" But my question is, can I say:

"I think we're going to have a gray year"
"He's a gray politician"
"It's a gray company"

If am right or I am wrong, or If I am missing some other examples of the word gray, please let me know.
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Thanks in advance,
Antonio.

I am not familiar with the use of GREY. Blue, yes. I feel blue, I have the blues ....
 

Francois

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You can say "gray area" (~= twilight zone), but I don't think you can talk about a "gray politician".

FRC
 

twostep

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Francois said:
You can say "gray area" (~= twilight zone), but I don't think you can talk about a "gray politician".

FRC

The Blue and The Grey - but The Grey lost the war between the states.
 

blacknomi

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Francois said:
You can say "gray area" (~= twilight zone), but I don't think you can talk about a "gray politician".

FRC

Could be "old politician." Not sure though. :)
 

Casiopea

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Antonio said:
Hi Group,

I understand that in English, gray represents something in the middle, in between. You can say for example "I had a grey day" But my question is, can I say:

"I think we're going to have a gray year"
"He's a gray politician" :(
"It's a gray company" :(

If am right or I am wrong, or If I am missing some other examples of the word gray, please let me know.
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Thanks in advance,
Antonio.

Note spelling: grey or gray. :wink: (US gray)

Mixing white with black gives grey; grey area, fuzzy area; neither white nor black, somewhere between the two.

"I think we're going to have a gray year" (financially fuzzy) :D
"He's a gray politician" :(
"It's a gray company" :(

All the best, :D
 
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Shehz

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According to Wikipedia...
A grey area is a term for a border in-between two or more things that is unclearly defined, a border that is hard to define or even impossible to define, or a definition where the distinction border tends to move. There are several flavors of grey areas:
  • A grey area of definitions signifies a problem of sorting reality into clearly cut categories. Example: where is the border between erotica and pornography?
  • A grey area of law is an area where no clear law or precedent exists, or where the law has not been applied in a long time thus making it unclear if it is applicable at all.
  • A grey area of ethics signifies an ethical dilemma, where the border between right and wrong is blurred. Example: is killing always abominable?
Grey areas are widely accepted in democratic societies and have a clear connection to the notion of tolerance, whereas in societies of totalitarianism, grey areas are typically not accepted on any level.

Many people accept grey areas as a natural part of the human experience, whereas others may react with suspicion and a feeling of defectness or uncompleteness of any thought-system (or paradigm) accepting grey areas.
Also... I'm American and have no clue what the difference is between "grey" and "gray". :cool:
 
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AintFoolin

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one's the British spelling and one's the correct (ie American) spelling

personally, i wouldn't use gray in that sense EXCEPT in the phrase 'gray area'

if you use it anywhere else, people are liable to think you are talking about the color
 
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