Would love to see a “cheque vs. check” here. Thanks!
Argument or arguement?
Definitely, ‘Argument’ .
I would like to see Mom vs. mum.
Mom, being the American shortened version of “mother”. Mum is commonly used in Great Britain, however, Mom is sometimes used in the West Midlands region of England.
And in Lancashire they refer to her as Mam.
Would love to see “Hospital”… the difference in usage between US and UK Englishes.
Additionally, the above list can be grouped such as -our/-or, -re/-er (a dedicated page already exists for this), æ and œ simplification/reduction (-ae-/-e- and -oe-/-e-). In the hyphen/no-hyphen group, other than co-operate/cooperate, one can have to-day/today, to-morrow/tomorrow, etc.
Great suggestions. We’re working on some new organizational schemes that we think people are going to find useful, and breaking up pages like this one will definitely be part of it.
These days I feel like I went through a lot of work trying to learn English correctly and now….it doesn’t matter how I write it, it’s accepted. Hahahaha. This is VERY interesting but confusing at the same time…English from other countries was not so noticeable in writing when I learrned it, but now that it is…I guess, I have a big challenge….to learn other ways of English hahaha.It all started when I saw the word defence on TV and argued that it had been mispelled and I could not believe it was on TV.:)
Defense vs defence?
Of course we all feel more comfortable with the spellings we were brought up to use. The only time I – educated in Australia in the 1940s & ’50s – voluntarily write “defense” is in the context of American Football, where “defense” is actually a legitimate VERB. “The cornerback defensed that pass perfectly” makes more sense than “defended”, in the context. As the Americans say, go figure!
How about all the variants of chili, chile, chilli….
South Africa – Persue or Pursue ?
summarise or summarize (BR)?
One of my pet hates – Australians using the American ‘jail’ instead of ‘gaol’. Ruth, I feel exactly the same as you! I’m currently doing a masters in Linguistics, and I posted that my grandson’s teacher had used ‘your’ on a note to my daughter, instead of ‘you’re’. The lecturer’s comment was, well, the more people who use the incorrect spelling, the more it will become acceptable usage! To me, that’s just ignorance of basic grammar.
In Australia, college and university are different entities – do the words mean the same thing in some places?
In America, college and university, among the general population, have been accepted to mean the same institutions. Among actual university graduates, however, a finer distinction is made.
I’d guess that less than a quarter of the general American population understand that a college is typically a two-year-degree granting school, whereas a university is a four-year-degree school, often granting masters and doctorates, as well.
When a person leaves home to go away to school, she or he is usually said to be “in college”, even if it’s a university. You could probably drill down and someone would say that most universities are composed of colleges, but I think it’s just an accepted convention.
We’re Americans. We’re linguistically lazy. Eventually, we’ll just point and say “thing”. :)
Good thought. However, what about schools that do not use the terms “college” or “university.” Is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology a university because it grants four-year degrees? What about a school that grants both two-year and four-year degrees? Gregory Chandler
Arbutus vs. Madrona
Grammar/grammer. Is the latter an actual accepted spelling outside of the U.S.?
I hope not — it certainly isn’t here in Britain. One easy way of checking is to try typing “grammer” into a Google search box, and you’ll find that all the search terms that auto-complete for you will say “grammar”.
Googling “grammer” is what brought me here. That spelling showed in the results and I clicked it. I was told that it is correct in Australia, but I have not found it anywhere.
Here’s an old chestnut. If your readers are predominantly in America, is it better to use U.S. spelling? The default spell checker has discombobulated me. (I’m in Australia)
What about the different pronunciations of “soot” and where you’re most likely to hear each pronunciation?
“neither” & “nor” are also a good idea, cause quite usually to enrich my English I am using the old “nor” word, instead of using only “neither” (e.g. “I can’t do it nor do you can” (I can’t do it neither do you.))
“Me either” makes me want to be physically sick. I insist upon “Nor me”.
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