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    Just a little rant....but I get so annoyed when people can't put the u in colour. We are Canadian, not American. That is all...
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    Totally agree - one on my long list of bugaboos for proper spelling, grammar, etc.
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    In your honor, I'll do you the favor to spell color as colour.... hopefully it won't be too labor intensive but if I forget I hope you won't harbor any resentment... as the Song Lady, I know you can see the humor of it all.

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    I tend to use the American spellings for words as I've often been part of forums that include many Americans. Plus it's shorter, and I'm terribly lazy by nature.

    So no offense to anyone if I spell words like this: color, flavor, odor, rumor, neighbor, labor etc., I'm still Canadian. Z is Zed! (Well actually I worked at a call center fielding calls from Americans and always said zee for them when spelling words out. Also learned how to say about instead of aboot! Lol, kidding on the last part. I still say aboot. )
    Last edited by DaveP; Fri, May 11th, 2012 at 08:07 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davep View Post
    i tend to use the american spellings for words as i've often been part of forums that include many americans. Plus it's shorter, and i'm terribly lazy by nature.

    So no offense to anyone if i spell words like this: Color, flavor, odor, rumor, neighbor, labor etc., i'm still canadian. Z is zed! (well actually i worked at a call center fielding calls from americans and always said zee for them when spelling words out. Also learned how to say about instead of aboot! Lol, kidding on the last part. I still say aboot. :p)
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    Here's a list of a few others (I borrowed). I'm sure there are many more though.

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    Canada United States
    acknowledgement acknowledgment
    amoeba ameba
    analyse analyze
    arbour arbor
    axe ax
    barrelled barreled
    behaviour behavior
    brunette brunet
    calibre caliber
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    candour candor
    centre center
    centimetre centimeter
    cheque check
    colour color
    clamour clamor
    crystalline crystaline
    crueller cruelest
    crystallize crystalize
    defence defense
    dialogue dialog
    favour favor
    favourite favorite
    fervour fervor
    fibre fiber
    flavour flavor
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    I tend to use the American spellings for words as I've often been part of forums that include many Americans. Plus it's shorter, and I'm terribly lazy by nature.

    So no offense to anyone if I spell words like this: color, flavor, odor, rumor, neighbor, labor etc., I'm still Canadian. Z is Zed! (Well actually I worked at a call center fielding calls from Americans and always said zee for them when spelling words out. Also learned how to say about instead of aboot! Lol, kidding on the last part. I still say aboot. )
    Love this! I used to work for a company state side as well and that always got me busted aboot. Lol I tend to use their spelling and sometimes I even caught my self talking with and accent. LMAO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tbites View Post
    In your honor, I'll do you the favor to spell color as colour.... hopefully it won't be too labor intensive but if I forget I hope you won't harbor any resentment... as the Song Lady, I know you can see the humor of it all.

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    I always use "colour"....I totally get it! (but...I have to say...the thread title should be "why can't people spell colour correctly" )

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    Spelling and grammar drive me nuts too. I swear we are slowly become Americanized. I want no part of that
    The three "there" spellings and the your - you're mix ups drive me batty. When texting language is used to write forum paragraphs (aside from LOL) or short forms are used like frig for fridge, it just looks lazy. Ok I will climb off my soap box and declare my little rant over haha.
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    This is a pet peave if mine too!! I have two more as well, why do people pronounce the word coupon --cuepon? Makes me crazy.

    The one that makes me the craziest is when people say they seen a great deal. No, no you did not. You saw a great deal, maybe you have seen a great deal, but you didn"t seen a great deal.

    LOL could go away forever too. Is it that hard to say holy crappers that was funny?

    That feels better now I can start my day!!!!!!!
    Last edited by thriftygranny; Fri, May 11th, 2012 at 09:24 AM.

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    Haha, my husband says "cuepon" all the time. I just want to smack him upside the head for it, in a loving way of course

    Quote Originally Posted by thriftygranny View Post
    This is a pet peave if mine too!! I have two more as well, why do people pronounce the word coupon --cuepon? Makes me crazy
    but this one makes me the craziest when people say they seen a great deal. No, no you did not. You saw a great deal, maybe you have seen a great deal, but you didn"t seen a great deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by screamy View Post
    I always use "colour"....I totally get it! (but...I have to say...the thread title should be "why can't people spell colour correctly" )

    Oh ,you are sharp for this early in the morning!!!! Nice catch.
    Last edited by thriftygranny; Fri, May 11th, 2012 at 09:24 AM. Reason: spelling
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    Here's a question for all y'all (<-- can you get more American than that?), do you pronounce 'herb' as herb (including the h sound) or as 'erb?

    (I'm with Eddie Izzard on this one btw. )
    Last edited by DaveP; Fri, May 11th, 2012 at 09:29 AM.

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    I work for a Japanese firm which is based out of LA and we are a small devison of that Japanese LA based company so all my correspondence is with Americans, we deal with the LA office on a daily basis so if I were to write emails using the Canadian words they would probably wonder why I was hired when I can't spell lol
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