Spellings and pronunciations
Posted by Leanne S on April 17, 1998 at 14:13:02:
In response to To be exact...., written by Caroline on April 17, 1998 at 11:24:32
] 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 an Aussie now living and married in the U.S., this is often a bone of contention and great fun with my husband and I. British English didn't precisely *change* inasmuch as it became standardised. To take for an outlandish example: "colour" before it was settled on, could be spelt "coloure, color, callor," etc etc. For more examples, check out the letter of JA's ancestor in her nephew's biography of JA. I think it was already fairly standardised when Webster decided to reinvent the wheel and change some spellings. Regular English (as opposed to American), being the hodge-podge of languages that it is, reflects that and all you gotta do is know the rules and the exceptions!
- 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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