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Old 07-13-2011, 05:26 AM   #1
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Do me a favour, is it flavor or flavour..lol!

Hi Guys :)
I've noticed that Americans spell certain words differently to South Africans.
Like we say flavour, colour, favour, savoury and favourite. Where you say flavor, color, favor, savory and favorite? Anyone know why this is? Is American English different to other countries?

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We say flavour, colour, favour, savoury and favourite, too...
We just spell it differently
Canadians use the ou. And for some odd reason, I've seen some folks in the US adopt that spelling, though I have no idea why. Maybe it looks cool
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:51 AM   #3
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American Standard English drops the "u."
Canadian Standard English sometimes drops the "u."
British Standard English doesn't drop the "u."

The different Style Guides are a pain. I'm forever having to verify usage issues with punctuation and spelling conventions. And, Canadian spelling conventions and punctuation conventions are a hybrid of US and British. Go figure.
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We say flavour, colour, favour, savoury and favourite, too...
We just spell it differently
Canadians use the ou. And for some odd reason, I've seen some folks in the US adopt that spelling, though I have no idea why. Maybe it looks cool
They think it makes them look cool.

I'm all for gradually eliminating excess letters in words.

Also, punctuating and writing the way we actually talk. We end sentences with prepositions all the time. It's just easier to say. So drop the silly "rule".

Quotation marks. I feel that if the ending quotation mark encloses a sentence, then the period belongs inside. If not, like "word", then leave the ending punctuation outside the quote mark since it applies to the whole sentence. I choose to punctuate that way. It just feels better, because it makes sense.
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That's how I tend to punctuate, too, Z.
For instance, tell me in the Queen's English how you pronouce "colour"?
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:23 AM   #6
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We say flavour, colour, favour, savoury and favourite, too...
We just spell it differently
Canadians use the ou. And for some odd reason, I've seen some folks in the US adopt that spelling, though I have no idea why. Maybe it looks cool
Lol! You know what I meant :P maybe it's just to be "cool" as you said.
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They think it makes them look cool.

I'm all for gradually eliminating excess letters in words.

Also, punctuating and writing the way we actually talk. We end sentences with prepositions all the time. It's just easier to say. So drop the silly "rule".

Quotation marks. I feel that if the ending quotation mark encloses a sentence, then the period belongs inside. If not, like "word", then leave the ending punctuation outside the quote mark since it applies to the whole sentence. I choose to punctuate that way. It just feels better, because it makes sense.
I disagree. I earn my living as an editor and writer (and, I make a good living when I work [I don't work every day--but I do work from home, and have for 25 years--how much better is that?]--my hourly/per diem rate is more than a university professor makes and close to that MDs make). I work with non-English speakers most of the time. A misplaced comma in a contract can cost a company millions, if not billions, of dollars. Drug inserts that are poorly written can cost peoples' lives and pharmaceutical companies billions. Grammar and punctuation are important. To disregard the same devalues the skills of those who work in the field (I have an M.A. in languages--I paid a lot for that degree and I also spent a lot of time earning that degree. Not only am I proud of my degree, I am confident that when I explain a grammar rule, I know it inside and out). Saying that grammar and punctuation are unimportant devalues the skills that writers and editors have earned and worked hard to earn. That's like saying that now that people can access medical information on the Internet, medical expertise is not valued. Or that civil engineers are no longer needed.

Yes, spoken English is different (more casual) than written, but knowing the rules is still important.
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That's how I tend to punctuate, too, Z.
For instance, tell me in the Queen's English how you pronouce "colour"?
lol
Oh bugger I don't know, colore! I've not met the queen dear :p
Besides we don't mention colour is SA anymore...lol!
Like for eg. African people to apply for this job only would be "affirmative action"
But that's a whole other thread!
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This is funny. In one of my previous lives I was a typist at the Pentagon. I was favored (or favoured if you prefer) because, although I'm born and raised U.S. citizen, I love to read and could automatically turn my mind to British English (as opposed to American English). NATO documents, at least at that time, had to be in British. I was the only one in the organization who could flip a switch in my brain and change the spelling.
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I think leaving things as is would be better, why turn our beautiful language into something it's not? That is just how I feel, I think it makes our children lazy. They no longer need to think either with computers and "spell check" etc.
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