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21. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Wikipedia has a section on International Styleguides. Far as I can tell, looks like British spelling is the preferred way to go.

My vote goes for keeping TP as is. Sometimes it's best to stick with what's been done in the past, so long as it's not an out-and-out spelling mistake.

22. Posted by Windmill (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

But it is a spelling mistake. And if "it's best to stick with what's been done in the past", are you against the new update to the site as well? I'm not attacking you Tway, just don't understand your logic.

[ Edit: Edited at May 1, 2006 8:28 AM by Windmill ]

23. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 10y

Well no, it isn't a spelling mistake. It's not really a mistake at all - just a variant spelling according to a different dictionary. And we've never said we were loyal to one dictionary or the other either. ;)

24. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 10y

As someone who's been formally taught UK english, really learned english from reading books by american authors, not to mention long discussions on various online communities where most people wrote american english, and lived in and travelled through New Zealand and Australia for two years, being heavily exposed to their respective variations on the language, I'd say just use whichever spelling comes most natural and don't worry about it. I'd use "center" as well (probably because if I wrote "centre", I'd pronounce it the french way in my head), at the same time as I'll always write neighbourhood (yet also color). Languages evolve, and I'll applaud heavily when the internet and globalization cause the various strains of english to merge back and evolve into one language where you can use whichever version you damned well please. :)

So: no.

25. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Quoting Windmill

But it is a spelling mistake. And if "it's best to stick with what's been done in the past", are you against the new update to the site as well? I'm not attacking you Tway, just don't understand your logic.

There's a difference between establishing a way of spelling and sticking to it, and updating the look and feel of a site. I think you're comparing apples and oranges here.

I'm extraordinarily heard-headed when it comes to the English language. People seem to care less and less about proper spelling (although I'm a horrid speller - thank goodness for proofreaders and edit buttons!), grammar, punctuation, and the like. However, there often comes a time when there's a good reason for continuing with a certain pre-established way of writing. TP stated off, for example, spelling "center" with the dreaded "er" - and, being that this is an international site, there's good argument to keep it as is. It is not a spelling mistake, as Peter mentioned, but rather an alternate way of spelling the same word.

If this site were British, I'd agree with you 100%, based on the fact that there's no excuse for not spelling things as per a British dictionary. But here, we've got an anomaly - and that means we kind of get to make up the rules as we go along.

26. Posted by Belize Me (Full Member 137 posts) 10y

Quoting Windmill

As for people writing txt spk or writing 4U, I'm down with that! Even I do it in texts to save space (and money). But I don't think that's the issue here because the website isn't written in txt spk or anything like that. If it was in txt spk then fair enough, I wouldn't be here arguing the case for English if it was.

Well in your second post you said: "the main reason why I think you should change it is for those whose native language is not English. If they have learnt or are learning English and come to this website I think it could be confusing to some people.", so using Windmill's theory, I say that txt spk as you call it would be equally confusing; not that it matters what version of the English language people use here, imo, but if one common language can be confusing then so can one that is not so common to everyone. As I pointed out earlier, people will ask if they don't understand.

As a side note, the Edit button is the best addition to the forums in my opinion. Dope!

So, I'm asking (because I don't understand)...Who were you calling a Dope! in your statement above?

Belize Me

27. Posted by Belize Me (Full Member 137 posts) 10y

Quoting Sam I Am

Quoting Belize Me

Congrats on the new look Peter! Just one question...why does the backpacker symbol resemble a MAN???.....ducking and running as she pops opens another can of worms

Looks like a girl to me (just trying to be politically correct here)

Sam I Am....you failed to notice the knees buckling under the weight of that heavy pack...he definately needs help

28. Posted by Juliet06 (Inactive 33 posts) 10y

Hi guys,

Although I'm no spelling buff (I get a rap round the knuckles every time I spell 'definitely' like 'definately'), I'd have to say that when it comes to American-English vs. English-English I'd prefer a bit of consistency within a document, site, whatever. So a yes from me for changing it, on the proviso that it's not completely impossible, because although it's an inconsistency at the first couple of views, with familiarity it soon ceases to even register that there's an inconsistency. That said though, in the name of perfectionism, it should be consistent.

Belize me, when Peet said something was 'dope' just meant he thought it was great. What can I say, he thinks he's hip-hop. Despite being from the home counties!

29. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

Quoting Sam I Am

Then again, I've always thought you were crazy for creating 100 of them Peter

hahahahah!
I didn't know what that red ball with the 38 on it was.......

30. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 10y

Quoting Cupcake

hahahahah!
I didn't know what that red ball with the 38 on it was.......

Now, how many of those were from me?!