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Old October 13th, 2006, 7:45 pm
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Re: The Improve Your English Thread v3

Originally Posted by Mundungus Fletc View Post
The problem is that there are accepted ways of spelling a word such as colour. If you apply for a job in Britain and your CV includes American spelling it will raise doubts.
Originally Posted by BublGumPnkHar View Post
You, Freaky, would have gotten in trouble for using "spelt or misspelt", there is no such word in the U.S., the correct word is spelled/misspelled. I, myself, think spelt sounds better than spelled but I do have to follow our rules in our language and so will continue to spell it "spelled" but pronounce it "spelt". How's that for being contrary. I'm old enough to get away with it. Haul me off to the "Misuse of American English Court" and let them try to prove it.
Which again brings me back to ... why does it matter? Language evolves, people should evolve with it. If it was accepted that the English could spell "colour" as "color" (without it raising doubts) the English language would probably be a little bit easier to learn.

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