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    Re: British vs American Spelling
    From: Glenn Geers
    Date: 2005 Apr 25, 07:38 +1000

    On Sunday 24 April 2005 09:17, Peter Fogg wrote:
    > Many of the major European languages have had extensive reforms within the
    > last hundred odd years; cutting out the accumulated dead wood, curing
    > inconsistencies, simplifying spelling and the like. English seems to be an
    > exception, and not because it isn't needed. American English received some
    > rather more modest reforms proposed by Benjamin Franklin and they seem
    > sensible ones, on the whole.
    > However other English speaking nations (like England!) declined to adopt
    > them. Australian English follows British English, mostly, but I think this
    > is slowly changing in favour of American. One reason is the spell checkers
    > of computers 'correct' British spellings despite promising otherwise.
    > Another is the fact that many text books at tertiary level are American. So
    > there is some confusion. Such is my own case. On the whole I use the
    > spellings of standard English but have adopted some of Franklin's reforms,
    > although this is admittedly inconsistent.
    > Am still a bit puzzled by 'shew'. Not only is it unfamiliar, but it sounds
    > positively Elizabethan?!
    I've only seen "shew" used in old mathematics books (Whittacker and Watson has
    been mentioned). I have seen o with an umlaut used as well. The usage seems
    to be for the imperative form, viz. "Shew that..." which is a fairly common
    way to start Mathematics questions.
    Just my 2 cemts or pence worth or is that tuppence?
    > > From: Gordon Talge
    > > I would like to get a little input.
    > >
    > > Quote:
    > > I use British spelling so I end my verbs in "ise" rather than
    > > "ize". I use the ending "our" rather than "or" (as in "colour")
    > > and I use the correct spelling "shew" rather than "show".

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