The amount of emails I get teaching me ‘how to spell’ is quite astounding, to the point that I have been forced to write this blog post. As an example, below is a recent email I received regarding my ‘incorrect’ British spelling.
“Hey my friend, Great work im looking for a person to design my CD cover, as I came across your web site great work!!!!
On your web site, go to your “About” page 3rd paragraph, the word Honor is mis-spelled would not want you to lose work over it. People are strange when hiring someone.peace”
I hope you can see the irony here.
Although I am no Oxford English major, I want to inform you that there are differences between American & British spelling. I am Australian and due to our British heritage, also use the British way of spelling.
This means we spell a number of words differently, the most criticised listed here:
- Colour / Color
- Favourite / Favorite
- Honour / Honor
- Specialising / Specializing
- Criticise / Criticize
- Centre / Center
- Analogue / Analog
- Defence / Defense
- Cheques / Checks
There are many more, so please take a moment out of your day to learn the differences between American and British spelling.
These articles are also worth reading:
As a disclaimer, I know that no one is perfect and not everyone has English as their first language, but this is a problem and people need to be educated. Like my email friend pointed out, bad spelling could potentially lose a client.
How many grammatical / spelling mistakes can you point out in this post?