What is the difference? Or is there any? Which would be more British English?
(X axis: year, Y axis: incidences per million words.)
I grew up in England for chunks of my childhood and early adulthood and am still around people who originated from the UK, so I still encounter both spellings all the time. The easiest way to remember it is that the 'a' in gray stands for 'America' and the 'e' in grey 'England'.
According to the Associated Press (AP) Styleguide, 'grey' is only used in the word 'greyhound' -- otherwise the appropriate use is always 'gray'. In America, anyway.
In addition to the other answers correctly stating that grEy is British English and grAy is American English...
Proper names (capitalized Gray) in British English (red line) account for more than 50% of the instances of the American spelling, Gray.
"Gray" is generally the American spelling and "grey" the British.
They're interchangeable. With both spellings available, some people like to assert that they denote slightly different hues. But they don't, consistently.
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