Post by bruce bowser
Do you find either spelling particularly wrong or correct?
No. They're different dialects.
I do find it particularly irritating when a retail business uses a
nonstandard-for-the-local-dialect spelling for pretentiousness -- a
couple of decades ago there was a veritable plague of shopping malls
calling themselves "Something-or-other Centre" because that's the
British spelling and everyone knows the Brits are classier. The only
recent example I can think of is the sports apparel comany Under
Armour, which I've read the story about.
I'm sufficiently accustomed to reading material intended for the
"global English ex-US" market that I rarely notice the spelling
differences. Vocabulary differences, on the other hand, I do still
notice, even when the intended meaning is clear and familiar to me. I
would guess that the same is true of most middle-class Americans, now
that the Internet has brought not only written material but radio and
television programs (other than costume dramas and 1980s sitcoms) from
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