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Stripy or stripey anyone ?

(30 Posts)
MissTree Sat 25-Jul-20 21:09:58

I know less now than I did when I was young ! How did that happen ?
So is it stripy or stripey ? What do you write ?
I must admit I don’t write this word often. I would probably use ‘striped’ but my 3 year olds showed me their new book about stripy socks and it didn’t look right to me. Google wasn’t much help. Which one do you think is correct in the UK ?

Calendargirl Sat 25-Jul-20 21:25:13

I would spell it with the ‘e’.

The other version reads as ‘strippy’ to me.

tanith Sat 25-Jul-20 21:25:13

I would use stripey but I’ve seen stripy written so I guess take your pick and use whichever you want.

sodapop Sat 25-Jul-20 21:28:18

Yes definitely with an 'e'.

MissAdventure Sat 25-Jul-20 21:29:39

I would use stripy.

MellowYellow Sat 25-Jul-20 22:10:52


NotTooOld Sat 25-Jul-20 22:17:29


phoenix Sat 25-Jul-20 22:33:15

Bi or multi coloured horizontally grin


blondenana Sat 25-Jul-20 22:40:45


Callistemon Sat 25-Jul-20 22:40:46

Blue and white striped socks.

Chelsea? Everton? Leicester?
(Was this a catch question?)

Chewbacca Sat 25-Jul-20 22:47:32


Mapleleaf Sat 25-Jul-20 22:52:24

Stripey. "Stripy" looks wrong to my eye. 😁

grandtanteJE65 Sun 26-Jul-20 11:23:52

I have always written stripey both of socks and cats.

I suspect stripy is American usage, but don't know for sure.

I notice people pronouncing "awry" as "a -wry".

I was taught and the dictionary agrees that it is "awe-ry"

What do you think?

Bathsheba Sun 26-Jul-20 11:49:20

I notice people pronouncing "awry" as "a -wry".

I was taught and the dictionary agrees that it is "awe-ry"

I don't understand that. Why would you pronounce it 'awe-ry'? The word is nothing to do with awe, as in wonder. It comes from the word 'wry' which means crooked or skewed. It should be pronounced a-wry.

yggdrasil Sun 26-Jul-20 11:50:44

Stripey was the zebra who lived on Timothy's shelf along with
Woeful the monkey, Getup the giraffe, Gumpa the bear and Little Mut.

Anyone know what I am talking about :-)

Callistemon Sun 26-Jul-20 11:53:45

awry Bathsheba is correct

yggdrasil I knew I'd heard of Stripey before somewhere.
You must have a better memory than me!

Callistemon Sun 26-Jul-20 11:55:56

'Stripey to the Rescue' by Ivy Wallace.

MissTree Sun 26-Jul-20 14:23:02

Not a clue yggdrasil ! 😂
My grandchildren came home with a free book from nursery . We love books but the tale of the stripey sock left me cold.

Thanks everyone. I’m going to stick with the e version.

rockgran Sun 26-Jul-20 15:14:18

To make an adjective from words ending in e just drop the e and add the y.
Icy, Spicy, Nosy, Stripy. .....simply!

rockgran Sun 26-Jul-20 15:17:19

..."simply" is an adverb.

MissAdventure Sun 26-Jul-20 15:23:19

I kind of thought that was the 'rule'.
Icy, nosy, and stripy.

Starblaze Sun 26-Jul-20 15:24:24

I would say stripey out loud but no idea how it should be written...

Striped? lol

MissTree Sun 26-Jul-20 15:25:38

Oh no. I write nosey as well !

Peardrop50 Sun 26-Jul-20 15:30:44

stripey, circley, checkey.
striped, spotted, checked.
just buy plain socks grin

grumppa Sun 26-Jul-20 16:06:05

My Shorter Oxford Dictionary gives a-wry (and compares it with aright, as in did I hear you aright?) and stripy.