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Postby Risottia » Thu May 30, 2019 11:55 pm

Jack Thomas Lang wrote:All variants of spelling and pronunciation within English dialects are legitimate.

Cor blimey, why just the English ones? The Scottish, Welsh and Norn-Ironish variants should be acceptable, too.
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Postby The Free Joy State » Fri May 31, 2019 12:04 am

Major-Tom wrote:I've grown up speaking and writing in American English, though thanks to the internet (and even NSG), I find myself occasionally throwing in British spelling without thinking about it. I'll find myself typing centre, colour, etc etc.

It's horrifying.

I have to admit, I pulled up short the first time I caught myself referring to "taking the trash out", rather than "taking the bins out".

Years later, "trash" still sounds slightly jarring in a British accent.
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Postby Orange-Bourgogne » Fri May 31, 2019 12:06 am

[British] English; as the rest are mistakes.
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Postby The New California Republic » Fri May 31, 2019 12:56 am

British English, but on NS I find myself using the butchered words from the other side of the pond, to avoid people "correcting" my spelling (which has happened on several occasions).
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Postby Radiatia » Fri May 31, 2019 1:00 am

There is no such thing as "American English."

There is "English" and there are "mistakes".

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Postby The Archregimancy » Fri May 31, 2019 4:20 am

Of Herbshire wrote:Australian English tends to drop the "u" from words that rhymes with -ur like Harbour, Labour, Neighbour, etc. So in Australian English it's Harbor, Labor, Neighbor, and the list goes on.


I lived in Australia for six years, and - noting at least one prominent exception - Australia typically uses '-our' endings, not '-or' endings.

So, Sydney Harbour, the long-running Melbourne soap opera Neighbours, and the public holiday of Labour Day.

The primary exception is the second-largest party in the Australian House of Representatives, which has officially been the Australian Labor Party since 1918.

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Postby Katganistan » Fri May 31, 2019 4:26 pm

Radiatia wrote:There is no such thing as "American English."

There is "English" and there are "mistakes".

Awww, don't feel self-conscious. :p

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Postby LiberNovusAmericae » Fri May 31, 2019 4:37 pm

American it is. It's color not colour. :p
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Postby Greed and Death » Fri May 31, 2019 4:53 pm

American English especially Southern American English with a Texas Twang is simply superior and as close to God's intended language as is possible.
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Postby US-SSR » Fri May 31, 2019 7:32 pm

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Postby Heloin » Fri May 31, 2019 7:58 pm

LiberNovusAmericae wrote:American it is. It's color not colour. :p

Color just looks weird though. Like how you spell defence with an s or theatre the wrong way round.
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Postby Farnhamia » Fri May 31, 2019 10:53 pm

Heloin wrote:
LiberNovusAmericae wrote:American it is. It's color not colour. :p

Color just looks weird though. Like how you spell defence with an s or theatre the wrong way round.

I suppose we should be grateful you don't call yourself a "Flouridian" in your signature.
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Postby Risusol » Fri May 31, 2019 10:55 pm

Australian english.

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Postby The Free Joy State » Fri May 31, 2019 11:03 pm

Farnhamia wrote:
Heloin wrote:Color just looks weird though. Like how you spell defence with an s or theatre the wrong way round.

I suppose we should be grateful you don't call yourself a "Flouridian" in your signature.

"Flouridian"... Would that be a person inordinately enamoured with flour?

As in the sentence: "Professional bakers are natural flouridians".
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Postby Saciu » Fri May 31, 2019 11:05 pm

Since I am British, I tend to prefer English to American English. However, I do concede that in some aspects, American English is superior, such as their usage of the words "apartment" and "vacation".
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Postby Guelder » Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:38 am

I understand both but I would say American English, because it is the most used variant on the internat and in most parts of the world people write and speak American English
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Postby Heloin » Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:05 am

Guelder wrote:I understand both but I would say American English, because it is the most used variant on the internat and in most parts of the world people write and speak American English

Most of the world use the British spelling.

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Heloin wrote:Color just looks weird though. Like how you spell defence with an s or theatre the wrong way round.

I suppose we should be grateful you don't call yourself a "Flouridian" in your signature.

La Flourida.
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Postby The Foxes Swamp » Sat Jun 01, 2019 4:59 am

british english is the standard so i reckon american is just american but its a bonus knowing both if you play word games where sometimes a U or a different spelling can come in very handy.
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Postby Lanorth » Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:02 am

I am from the United Kingdom and I speak British English and spell accordingly to my language.
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Postby Forsher » Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:19 am

Katganistan wrote:
Cetacea wrote:American English is a strange language and often just plain wrong- so yeah course dey shoul' be learnin' our mother tongue, speaking proper like us in Commonwealth aiight


Fun fact: linguists come to the US to see how we actually have preserved British English.

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20180 ... ish-accent
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/201802 ... sh-english


So stick that in your pipe and smoke it.


"fact"

And that's ignoring the sheer idiocy of the logic... languages are meant to change and their "static" character would mean they've fundamentally failed to "preserve" a key aspect of the language. Since, of course, this is a "fact" not a fact, we don't have to worry: any sense of stasis is the result of cherry picking.

Guelder wrote: most parts of the world people write and speak American English


Nope.

It is true that in most parts of the world English speakers are forced to use software with spell checks that default to American English... and often seem very resistant to being changed (thankfully my copy of Word refuses to permanently not be Australian).
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Postby Chan Island » Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:34 am

I'd say British English because bias but honestly no strong preference. As long as it's intelligible all is good by my book.
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Postby Maydona » Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:08 am

New England English cuz it's wicked awesome and we can't pronounce the letter 'R'... or maybe I should say the lettah 'ah'. :lol2:
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Postby Kowani » Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:12 am

Forsher wrote:
Katganistan wrote:
Fun fact: linguists come to the US to see how we actually have preserved British English.

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20180 ... ish-accent
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/201802 ... sh-english


So stick that in your pipe and smoke it.


"fact"

And that's ignoring the sheer idiocy of the logic... languages are meant to change and their "static" character would mean they've fundamentally failed to "preserve" a key aspect of the language. Since, of course, this is a "fact" not a fact, we don't have to worry: any sense of stasis is the result of cherry picking.

Well, no. Languages are meant to communicate, and that’s about it. Whether they change or not is irrelevant to their purpose.
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Postby Risottia » Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:01 am

Farnhamia wrote:
Heloin wrote:Color just looks weird though. Like how you spell defence with an s or theatre the wrong way round.

I suppose we should be grateful you don't call yourself a "Flouridian" in your signature.

Fluoridine would be even worse.
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