16 Facts About Grey


Grey or gray is an intermediate color between black and white.

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Grey is the dominant spelling in European and Commonwealth English, while gray has been the preferred spelling in American English; both spellings are valid in both varieties of English.

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Grey was frequently used for the drawing of oil paintings, a technique called grisaille.

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Grey was a particularly good background color for gold and for skin tones.

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Grey became a highly fashionable color in the 18th century, both for women's dresses and for men's waistcoats and coats.

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Grey became a common color for military uniforms; in an age of rifles with longer range, soldiers in grey were less visible as targets than those in blue or red.

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Grey was the color of the uniforms of the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, and of the Prussian Army for active service wear from 1910 onwards.

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Grey is produced either by using black and white, or by combining equal amounts of cyan, magenta, and yellow.

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Grey is a very common color for animals, birds, and fish, ranging in size from whales to mice.

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Grey goo is a hypothetical end-of-the-world scenario, known as ecophagy: out-of-control self-replicating nanobots consume all living matter on Earth while building more of themselves.

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Grey cassocks are worn by clergy of the Brazilian Catholic Apostolic Church.

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Grey is rarely used as a color by political parties, largely because of its common association with conformity, boredom and indecision.

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Grey closely followed the design of contemporary French and Austrian military uniforms.

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Grey was not chosen for its camouflage value; this benefit was not appreciated for several more decades.

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Grey is the color most commonly associated in many cultures with the elderly and old age, because of the association with grey hair; it symbolizes the wisdom and dignity that come with experience and age.

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Grey is the color most often associated in Europe and America with modesty.

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