Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
November 1, 2015 11:01am CST
I was writing a comment to a discussion on the English Classes on Mylot. I mentioned how I had been slapped down on another site for using British English. British English is spelt differently. American - Color British - Colour, for example. On another site I was attacked; "What is with all these 'U's?" I thought it would amuse those who write British as opposed to American English. Well, it was understood by some, but of course, there would be the one who would 'report me' as if I were ridiculing? some one or something. It reminds me of an English chap who had written something like; "It was a filthy night and I had to toss another faig on the fire..." (It was cold and rainy and he put another block of wood on the fire in his fireplace) and was Reported for 'Hate Speech'.
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1 Nov 15
I can't believe it! How absolutely ridiculous! I'm German. I learnt British English at school. I taught British English as a foreign language at secondary grammar schools in German for 40 years. I've been o English speaking sites for 15 years and have only ever used British English. I'm waiting for someone to accue me of this. People should care more about the spelling and grammar problems they have with their own native language!!
• Northampton, England
1 Nov 15
@tallawah - did you ever hear about an American publisher of a newspaper (sorry I don't know which one) who always refused to use the word gay and substituted homosexual instead. When the runner Tyson Gay won a medal, their auto-correct changed every incident of his name to 'Tyson Homosexual'.