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Old 04-07-2008, 06:24 AM   #1
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A blog — “Typo Hunt Across America: The Typo Eradication Advancement League (TEAL) hits the road.”

Apparently they have been featured on the Today show on TV and elsewhere.

   
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Wonderful - added to my favorites already (or should that be favorite's?)
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Wonderful - added to my favorites already (or should that be favorite's?)
Oh, the latter, absolutely!

   
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or should that be favorite's?
No, favourites, please. (Mind you, that chappie Webster had a point, but we mustn’t rush things; pity he didn’t recommend doing away with that damn’d comma in the air, while he was about it.)

   
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That's a tricky one, Michael. I am fully aware it's the American spelling of course: but should we not stay with the spelling used in the browser UI for consistency? That is one of the rules for writing a software manual - and as that's how I earn a living, I guess it's one I stick to outside work too.

Perhaps I should have said "bookmarks" and avoided the problem altogether - at least for Firefox users, who are probably more numerous* here than in the general population.

*I was going to say "commoner" - but then you'd probably tell me there's nothing common about Firefox users
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No, favourites, please. (Mind you, that chappie Webster had a point, but we mustn’t rush things; pity he didn’t recommend doing away with that damn’d comma in the air, while he was about it.)
This kind of response is a completely perfect example of why American spelling will prevail. If you prefer to promote the British spellings, you might consider your approach. To keep things the same, Michael, you'll have to make some changes.

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but should we not stay with the spelling used in the browser UI for consistency?
If you have read the article in the OED on -or spellings, you will be aware that the progress from -our to -or has been exceedingly slow in England since the eighteenth century, a fact I deplore rather than wish to encourage. My other hobby horse is the dropping of the apostrophe in genitives, for the use of that elevated comma merely reflects a belief in a genitive form that has not existed for nearly a thousand years and may not have ever existed. (Next: the French circumflex.)

It is common to use FireFox (but what a daft name!), but most people do not bother, though I am not one of them. It will be interesting, though, to see how IE 8 does compared to FF 3.

   
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To keep things the same, Michael, you'll have to make some changes
It seems that the old cliché is not far off . . .

   
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