Wiki uses an AmericanEnglish
dictionary for spell checking, but our contributors come from a more diverse background.
Let's list commonly-used words Wiki recognizes in their American spelling, but misses other nation's "correct" spellings.
- civilisation / civilise
- encyclopaedia / encyclopædia
(But see RealizeVersusRealise
regarding the correctness of -ise, -isation.)
Canadian & British:
- armour / armoury
- calibre (AmericanEnglish "caliber" -- as in "this caliber of people.)
- centimetre (AmericanEnglish "centimeter")
- centre / centred / centring
- cheque / chequebook / chequing account ("check" means "to verify")
- defence (AmericanEnglish "defense")
- digitise (AmericanEnglish "digitize")
- enrol / enrolled / enrolment
- [mostly the same as British spelling?]
- [mostly the same as British spelling, despite what Bill Gates seems to think]
- artefact vs. artifact
- net vs. nett
- [contributions welcome]
There are, of course, some words which do not have a best-established spelling. The usual resolution is simply to be allow a choice of spellings. A few examples are:
- livable vs. liveable
- cancelled vs. canceled
- cancelling vs. canceling
- modelled vs. modeled
- modelling vs. modeling
In the mid-1980s, the schools in Livingston, California required 14 year olds to memorize the spelling of the preamble to the American DeclarationOfIndependence
. The spelling in the original DeclarationOfIndependence
is quite sensible, including many doubled consonants before "ed" and "ing". The dumbed down textbooks in Livingston's schools did not double many of these consonants. As a result, the history teachers insisted that the students memorize the preamble using the wrong spellings. It is an example of how these history teachers did not include original documents in their history classes.
- I'm not sure what the above commment is all about, other than to note that the spellings which were used in 1790 are not in use today. Which, to me, is no big deal. (When I went to school, I encountered both "exact" duplications of the DofI, and versions with modern spellings.) Surely you aren't suggesting that the original spelling of the DofI is necessary to understand its historical significance?
No. But there is something wrong with a "history" education that insists that the original spellings in the DeclarationOfIndependence
are incorrect, especially when those spellings are valid in spelling class.
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