To be exact....
Posted by Caroline on April 17, 1998 at 11:24:32:
In response to Re: Gotten, written by Sarah P on April 17, 1998 at 10:35:03
In fact a lot of words and spellings we consider to be only used in the US were originally British, and it was the English who changed, not the Americans.
Actually, they both changed. After the colonies won their independence,and set themselves to forming a consitiution, one Noah Webster decided that the Americans really needed a language and a grammar of their own, a logical and distinctive one, so he set about writing dictinaries, grammars, even books on pronounciation. The result of this is that American English is still fairly logical, whilst English English often defies all rules of commonsense. (It is actually more logical for the last letter of the Alphabet to be pronounced "zee" and not "zed", for example.)As one who was brought up in the vaguaries of British English, I am often baffled by the insistence of my North American friends on correctness of spelling and pronouncuiation. To me it is one glorious global muddle,an individuality of style , both in spelling and usage, a treasure that is too often overlooked.
- zzzzzzzzzz.... Kate 19:29:18 4/17/98 (7)
- To Z or not to Z... Marie Bernadette 14:18:07 4/21/98 (0)
- led, med, ned, sed!?!? Marie B 23:56:22 4/17/98 (0)
- Re: Gotten April Lee 22:18:12 4/17/98 (0)
- According to .... Caroline 21:38:19 4/17/98 (3)
- Well, we certainly can't confuse Zed with bee, cee, dee,... Deborah(MaMa) 00:33:12 4/18/98 (2)
- Zed is better than zee or maybe it is just me :) because... Leanne S 12:04:18 4/20/98 (0)
- Actually, Caroline 09:13:33 4/18/98 (0)
- Spellings and pronunciations Leanne S 14:13:02 4/17/98 (7)
- aussie english Phil C 11:22:20 4/19/98 (5)
- So you chuse to teaze each other? Capital! Capital! nfm ;) Deborah(MaMa) 00:28:55 4/18/98 (0)
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