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Old 12-28-2010, 02:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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" Grille " versus " Grill "

So have I been spelling it wrong, or is the opening on the front of my car actually called a " grill " ?

I thought it was " grille ", but I see it both ways, and I honestly have been in doubt - sometimes even going back and writing 'grill' in place of "grille"

Wikipedia seems confusing as well :

" A grille or grill (French word from Latin craticula, small grill) is an opening of several slits side by side in a wall or metal sheet or other barrier, usually to let air or water enter and/or leave but keep larger objects including people and animals in or out. "


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Old 12-28-2010, 03:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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As far as I know, both are perfectly correct.

Wiktionary seems to agree: grille - Wiktionary
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It's grille.

Spell it wrong and meet your banhammer fate.
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Old 12-28-2010, 06:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Grille I always thought it went with the bonnet, boot, drop head coupe, spanner crowd
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You'd think I'd prefer "grill" ... fewer letters is more economical after all.
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Don't grille me... Grill my grille!



If it is grille, then why isn't it hille, or bille, or gille, or pille, or dille, or spille?
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I'd never seen it spelled "grille" in my life until I found EcoModder. It just looks so wrong! lol.
I'm sticking with "Grill". I'm stubborn. lol.
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My guess is that historically it is 'grille', but Americans have a tendency to drop letters, whether this is because of laziness, modernization of the language, or to differentiate themselves from their British origins, I do not know. Examples:
  • color instead of colour,
  • aluminum instead of aluminium,
  • filet instead of fillet,
  • program instead of programme,
  • BBQ instead of barbecue,
  • W instead of George W. Bush,
  • etc.

Ever since the difference in spelling between 'grille' and 'grill' caught my attention, I have been using 'grille' since it seems to have more in common with automotive terminology and is less likely to be confused with a barbecue grill.
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I always thought grille was on a car and grill is what you cook on.

however I cook on my engine, so it gets confusing.......
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IE the metric system. Why would you want to do something that makes sense when you can be dumb.

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