It's driving me crazy

Jane McGary
Fri, 25 Nov 2011 10:46:06 PST
Having been a lexicographer during my long career, I suggest that we 
do not initiate a discussion of the difference between American and 
British spellings.

In brief, it is due mostly to Noah Webster, the 19th-century American 
lexicographer, who was also a spelling reformer and introduced 
"rationalized" spellings in his dictionaries. For instance, he 
re-Latinized British "colour" and "honor" to "color" and "honor."

American spelling conventions are now used by many international 
scholarly presses, including Oxford and Cambridge university presses, 
for both of whom I have edited.

And for a further linguistic footnote, I would like to welcome our 
latest PBS new member, who lives in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, which I am 
not making up. (Hint: "w" can be a vowel in Welsh.)

Jane McGary

1, you wrote:
>i looked it up in OUR dictionary and it gave GRAY as the  spelling of that
>word.  sometimes children repudiate the  idiosyncrasies of the parent and
>are better for it.

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