Re: English (was Bad Spelling)

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Posted by Mike Dennis on August 11, 2008 at 15:55:04 user MTD.

In Reply to: English (was Bad Spelling) posted by Jock on August 11, 2008 at 08:43:21:

Who was introducing themselves?
I was making a point about my interest in the English language and its relationship with computers, and refering to my experience to indicate that I wasn't just sound of for the sake of it. A common complaint in my work with PC users is 'Why does my PC use American (USA) spelling?' Most people who ask this question are not aware of variants of English or that the wrongly criticised USA spelling is how English English used to be (Bill Bryson's excellent 'Mother Tongue' discusses this at length). As for program - when refereeing to computer software that is the correct spelling, programme something you see on television or buy in a theatre!
So returning to my original point the term 'British English' is not one I have come across before in computing or linguistics.

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