Another whack at the AP Stylebook
From @APStylebook on Twitter: The spelling of the color is gray, not grey. But the dog is a greyhound.
And this is why the Associated Press Stylebook and its slavish devotees are so irritating to anyone who takes language seriously. Both spellings are legitimate. Gray is more common in American English, grey in British English, and probably Commonwealth English. Grey is not a misspelling.
But the tweet doesn’t say that the one is a preferable choice between legitimate options; it says there is one spelling. It’s that tone that carries over among the people, mainly copy editors, sad to say, who imagine that AP publishes a rule book rather than a stylebook and talk as if its arbitrary choices were comparable to the Periodic Table of Elements or the Westminster Confession.
Someone at AP should start following Carol Fisher Saller and learn a little judgment and humility, for Fowler’s sake.