National Dictionary Day

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
October 18, 2007 1:16am CST
I know that I am running a day behind, but yesterday was National Dictionary Day(who knew?), and they did a story on the news about how they are changing the spelling of some common words because it has become popular to spell them in a certain way. I have a problem with that, but since I can't do anything about it I will have to go along with the program. The upshot of this business is that now many words will have two acceptable spellings. They gave as an example the words vocal chord. Now it will also be acceptable to spell it vocal cord. I don't think this is necessarily a change for the better.
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@GardenGerty (115215)
• United States
18 Oct 07
It seems another prime example of dumbing down. Of course others will just say it is common usage. There are certain words that I already spell with the British spelling, and I do not know why. They are not really wrong, just wrong in America. It is interesting about it being National Dictionary Day.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
19 Oct 07
Oh I thought I was the only one! A few times I end up spelling things in Queens English.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
19 Oct 07
Cool. I never knew they had a special day for this. This is one of my favorite reads. I like thumbing through this book and discovering new words and meanings.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
19 Oct 07
Never knew about that one. Then again there are an abundance of days that are rather esoteric. I wonder what the changed spelling of some words are? If its based on Queen's English I'm not surprised. If its something else, it might be rather astonishing. (Hmm. Astonishing. Maybe that is one of the words...)
• United States
18 Oct 07
Um ok, I may not be the best speller, but I don't see the point in changing words just by how popular the misspelling has become. To me it is just promoting bad spelling and will further the confusion many go through when trying to learn English. It's almost like when they changed daylight savings time from October to November. There is no real benefit to it, but they did it anyway, just because they had the power to do so. Ugh! People just need to leave stuff well enough alone.
@naturalst (143)
18 Oct 07
oh that's great that they have a national dictionary day. it's interesting that they want to change the spelling of some words. then i will have to relearn it again the new spelling. who decide if a spelling should be change or not. we should stick to the old spelling. there is not really differnece if they change the speeling or not. they should not make any changes and this will create some confusions to us and mostly to other people are not that really good in speeling and english language. i am contented with most words i now in english. i want it to stay that. i havent' read the reason for their decisions to change it except that because some words became so popular. and so what's that going to do in changing spelling.