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I've decided to spell the British way
« on: April 24, 2007, 07:01:23 pm »
I'm a complete Anglophile and you guys invented the language, after all. I need some pointers, though. I never know if I'm right when I add a u to words like atto(u)ney and docto(u)r. Is there a general rule for this?

Also, are there any words other than kerb and cheque that you spell completely differently than us? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.



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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2007, 07:17:54 pm »
The general rule of thumb for u's is to think to yourself "Can the way I say this word be modified to be many times more arrogant?". If yes, add a u.

But watch out, some u words and non-u words are very different.  For example, humor and humour different. Humor being comedy, and humour being elaborate puns with very little pay off.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2007, 07:22:50 pm »
What's the deal with Theater vs. Theatre?


I spelled it with an "re" and my English teacher took points off.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2007, 07:24:38 pm »
Recognize is recognise. along with other words with ize in the end.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2007, 07:30:22 pm »
One of the reasons why I love England is the comedy. I watched A Bit of Fry and Laurie on youtube this weekend, and I loved it.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2007, 07:30:58 pm »
Wait, Humour isn't spelled with a u? What about colour?
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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2007, 07:34:32 pm »
Heh, I think Malt was making a little stab at the British there, 789. It's definitely humour and colour.

Honestly, this is one thing I'm glad changed. It was changed for good reason: The English language is confusing enough without all of the weird spellings. Tre pronounced as Ter? Just make it Ter! What's the difference between "sour" and "color?" U! The difference between "sour" and "colour?" Nothing!

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2007, 07:42:49 pm »
To... too... two... tu... no wait, that last one is Spanish.


You get the idea.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2007, 04:53:51 am »
What's the deal with Theater vs. Theatre?


I spelled it with an "re" and my English teacher took points off.

Yeah Theatre and Metre and Litre are the 'English' way to spell words. Attourney has a u but doctor definitely doesn't... there isn't really a rule that I can recall... if there is one it probably has to do with the entymological roots of each seperate word and would therefore require you to be a linguist to know the correct spelling for each one. Having been brought up spelling this way it just comes naturally to me.
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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2007, 05:00:55 am »
I think I use both british and american spelling. sometimes I even spell the same word different in one sentence.
I don't really know the difference between them, as most people I speak to are also foreigners trying to speak english.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2007, 05:28:51 am »
Gray>Grey
Center>Centre
Color>Colour
Theater>Theatre

Thats All I can think of at this point


To... too... two... tu... no wait, that last one is Spanish.


You get the idea.

Tu is actually French (Tu=you), I  took French
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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2007, 05:40:43 am »
Aluminum - Aluminium

I was always docked points on tests in school for not spelling word 'correctly'.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2007, 05:44:39 am »
"Tu" seems to be a word in a lot of languages.

And which kind of spelling you use doesn't matter that much, "theater" and "theatre" both mean the same thing, it's obvious what is meant. I doubt anyone is going to even mention it if you spell it either way.

I do have Firefox's spellchecker set to "English / United Kingdom", but that's just because I live closer to the UK than to the US :)


Aluminum - Aluminium

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Either way is hard to pronounce :)
I don't think much people will notice that extra 'i', as they just look at the word globally, and not letter by letter. And again, both spellings have a clear, identical meaning. It's not like they could mean something else without the 'i'.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2007, 06:11:29 am »
Never seen aluminum before.. it actually does sound different.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2007, 08:04:09 am »
Gray and Grey always messes me up. I always see it both ways, and use it both ways. I can't even make up my mind as to which I like better.

And "aluminum" is MUCH easier to say than "aluminium." Taking out that extra syllable was the best thing we ever did.  :)