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03-09-2009, 04:03 AM   #46
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Yes they are terribly consistent. Using both versions interchangeably.
Armoured warfare - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Vehicle armour - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Even listing Armour or armor in one article at the beginning and then both throughout.

Just because certain areas have dropped letters to be lazy when writing doesn't make it so. But we could just make many letters redundant and speed things up.
I'll defer to the OED (a world wide English reference at Universities) that uses the following spellings: armour, colour, glorious, gracious, envious, perilous and so on.
I'll never change your mind nor you mine
Should we call it a stalemate?

Sorry Ogl.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Peter Zack Quote
Yes they are terribly consistent. Using both versions interchangeably.
Armoured warfare - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Vehicle armour - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Even listing Armour or armor in one article at the beginning and then both throughout.

Just because certain areas have dropped letters to be lazy when writing doesn't make it so. But we could just make many letters redundant and speed things up.
I'll defer to the OED (a world wide English reference at Universities) that uses the following spellings: armour, colour, glorious, gracious, envious, perilous and so on.
I'll never change your mind nor you mine
Should we call it a stalemate?

Sorry Ogl.
While we are still on the hijack, lets get to the centre of the problem.

It was the Brits using too much French early on: History
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It was the Brits using too much French early on: History
Yes, to Germans, the English language looks like a mixture of French and Old German (plus very few Celtic words).
I.e., Old German before the High German consonant shift:
High German consonant shift - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As for the spelling...
Why not apply the UK spelling for the period in time where the Great British Empire ruled the world and the US spelling for the period in time where the USA does so?
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Yes, to Germans, the English language looks like a mixture of French and Old German (plus very few Celtic words).
I.e., Old German before the High German consonant shift:
High German consonant shift - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As for the spelling...
Why not apply the UK spelling for the period in time where the Great British Empire ruled the world and the US spelling for the period in time where the USA does so?
I am so happy I started this thread!!

I learned a lot more that I thought I would: thanks folks!!

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QuoteOriginally posted by falconeye Quote
Yes, to Germans, the English language looks like a mixture of French and Old German (plus very few Celtic words).
I.e., Old German before the High German consonant shift:
High German consonant shift - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As for the spelling...
Why not apply the UK spelling for the period in time where the Great British Empire ruled the world and the US spelling for the period in time where the USA does so?
Interesting. Apparently the closest existing dialect which would have been understandable in Saxon England before 1000AD (and the Norman invasion) is Fresian.
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QuoteOriginally posted by *isteve Quote
Apparently the closest existing dialect which would have been understandable in Saxon England before 1000AD (and the Norman invasion) is Fresian.
Yes, which isn't surprising as it is also geographically the closest.

I am wondering how much more off topic we manage to get.
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Well I was considering asking opinions on English vs French differences with dovetail joins in furniture construction but that just seems too far off....
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I am an American. I use American English. but I was taught to spell our not or. such as in colour. which I always use, and firefox always tells me is misspelled....

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QuoteOriginally posted by séamuis Quote
I am an American. [...] I was taught to spell our not or. such as in colour.
My dictionary keeps telling me:
- color(AE), colour(BE)
- gray(AE), grey(BE)
LEO Ergebnisse für "farbe"

So, I am wondering if American English doesn't have an official organisation deciding on the correct spelling of the language? As would be required for Elementary Schools.

Like Duden for the German language Duden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And it obviously cannot be the Oxford Advanced Dictionary ...
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QuoteOriginally posted by falconeye Quote
My dictionary keeps telling me:
- color(AE), colour(BE)
- gray(AE), grey(BE)
LEO Ergebnisse für "farbe"

So, I am wondering if American English doesn't have an official organisation deciding on the correct spelling of the language? As would be required for Elementary Schools.

Like Duden for the German language Duden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And it obviously cannot be the Oxford Advanced Dictionary ...
your dictionary is certainly correct. when I say American English, I mean that loosely. I use some words that would be considered 'British' but most that would be 'American'. its a strange mix to be honest. though I certainly don't say 'zed' its 'zee', I don't care what you brits say, zed is bollocks.
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I certainly don't say 'zed' its 'zee', I don't care what you brits say, zed is bollocks.
Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead.
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Shall we shift the hijacking from spelling to definitions in British vs. American English?

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