As you may have deduced by now, The Urchins like England. A lot. And so you can imagine how a poor Urchin might feel when they see simple, standard words destroyed by American misspellings. Let’s take a look.
While there are many examples of the American spelling way butchering the English way of spelling, there are also plenty of examples of the English way of spelling just being cooler, more fun to look at, and more fun to type, than its American version.
‘Connexion’ instead of ‘Connection’ (why would you ever take out the letter X?’)
‘Manoeuvre’ instead of ‘Maneuver’ (that’s right!)
‘Tonne’ instead of ‘Ton’ (so classy!)
and one of my personal favourites, ‘Kerb’ instead of ‘Curb’.
Going even further, perhaps my all-time favourite example of English spelling is no longer used in the UK, which perplexes me because it is capable of exciting any wordgeek the world over. ‘Jail’ used to be spelled ‘Gaol,’ though it was always pronounced the way we currently pronounced. I remember running into this word in an old book, thinking all the while that it was the name of a country that no longer existed (I was thinking of Gaul) and why the character couldn’t just leave.
As per Geo, there are so many cooler ways to spell words in real English, but there are also far too many words that were changed for no apparent reason other than making them slightly different… and incorrect.
‘Theatre’ instead of ‘Theater’ (Just look at it. Look how wrong it is. It’s like someone just forgot what they were saying and trailed off … ‘errrrrrr…’ Perhaps this was our way of showing our true feelings toward the stage. I blame Hollywood.)
‘Tyre’ instead of ‘Tire’ (Like ‘connexion’ why on Earth would you remove the ‘y?’ Why???)
‘Recognise’ instead of ‘Recognize’ (Perhaps someone thought we would forget how to pronounce the letter ‘s’ in this word? Don’t forget ‘organise’ and ‘analyse.’)