A colourful way to discover the correct way to spell.

July 11, 2008

I can’t believe that the automatic spelling software on this site has highlighted the word ‘colour’ as being misspelt. We all know why, but should we put up with it?
I realise that there are many more Americans on the planet than there are Brits, but I don’t really think that matters. It should be as simple as tweaking a file extension to let it know that we speak the Queen’s English, not some deep-fried version of it.
Because more and more people speak ‘text’ language should we just abandon English, grammar and hundreds of years of lexicographical dexterity, in favour of a make-it-up-as-you-go approach? I think not.
To prove the point, as if it needed proving, here’s a screen grab of the Dictionary widget on my Mac.

It’s not the ‘British’ spelling you ignorant gits. We invented the language, you appropriated it.
I think you’ll find that offense is the ‘American’ (or ‘wrong’ as we Brits call it) spelling.
Please try hard not to just ride roughshod over anything that doesn’t have you at its centre. I know it must be hard, but the clue is in the name of the language we speak (and you attempt to speak): it’s called English. Not American. Just so you know.
Although any country that voted two versions of a Bush into power deserve everything they get.

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