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Subject: Re: Rockbox FAQ for the blind

Re: Rockbox FAQ for the blind

From: BlueChip <>
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2004 03:36:23 +0100

<intake of breath through teeth>
'program' & 'programme' is perhaps a bad example, as is 'learned' and
'learnt' a bit touchy - I know not of American, but what I can say is all
four words exist in English and have very specific meaninngs.

I never realised Franklin was illiterate. Spenser also managed to pervert
the language quite severly back in the 1500's with such abysmal
Scrabble(tm) words as 'Gaol'.

More intriguing are plural nouns. Here is a old favourite conundrum of mine...
   Which is correct:
     o The yolk of an egg *IS* white ...or...
     o The yolk of an egg *ARE* white?

>Green, Tom wrote:
>>So, in the US, only "The Rockbox team is justifiably proud..." is
>Tom is, of course, correct. I work for a corporation which has a
>worldwide presence and we constantly deal with differences in English usage.
>In addition to the aformentioned difference in the handling of collective
>nouns, there are also many differences in spelling. A few examples (US,
>color, colour
>defense, defence
>analyze, analyse
>center, centre
>check, cheque
>program, programme
>traveling, travelling
>learned, learnt
>skillful, skilful
>There is no way to make a document which is correct in both British
>English and U.S. English. Looking at it objectively, U.S. English is
>slightly more logical due to the reforms introduced by Benjamin Franklin
>to simplify the spelling (e.g, dropping the "u" from honor, color, etc.).
> Fred Maxwell

Received on 2004-06-25

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