View Full Version : Local English discrepancies

June 22nd, 2008, 7:32 AM
I've recently noticed in a couple of reviews I've read that there are discrepancies between UK and US English spellings that are being picked up as spelling errors by reviewers.

So that'll be things like -ise/-ize endings, the letter u in words like "colour" "favourite" etc. and...something I got told off for at FF.net: pyjamas. Seriously. That's the UK spelling. There are some fairly random differences in spellings, so might I suggest you check twice with an online dictionary or encyclopedia if you think a word is not quite right?

So I'd just like to suggest reviewers check out the location (if displayed) of the author whose fic they are reading or look for consistency in common spelling differences. Fair enough if you're commenting that there is inconsistent use of UK and US English.

I only really brought this up because it had bothered me in other places before, and I just noticed it here. Any thoughts on the matter? Sorry if this is not in the right place or not appropriate.

June 22nd, 2008, 2:55 PM
I believe the U.S. spelling of the color "Gray" is how I just did it, while in UK it's spelled "Grey". I personally use the two interchangeably, but am more prone to use the "gray" spelling. Also, it's "armor" in US and "armour" in UK, and some various other ones I can't remember.

Anyways, the people that said those things to you need to get a life.

June 22nd, 2008, 7:12 PM
Or they need to get a clue that not everything is done in one way only.

I believe that there's also a difference between the U.S. and the UK with the proper punctuation with quotation marks. I try to be aware of how things are done in other countries, and it does help to have friends in those other countries. You kinda pick things up when you listen to what people say.

Heck, there are differences in clothing between countries. And it doesn't take long to double-check online about how to do things properly.

I think I'll link to this thread in the rules, so it won't get lost in the future.