The Travelling Scholar? That’s with Two “L”s.


The Traveling Scholar vs. The Travelling Scholar?

{Note: If I were in the UK when this blogstarted,
you may be typing in a different web address}

I’ll tell you a little secret — I’ve always wanted to be British. I tell you, from the womb I thought I was going to be born in the UK. Obviously, there were other plans for me and I ended up in California; a long, long way from the cloud cover of London. I was reading and writing quite early on as a youngster and I remember grappling with a big issue as a child — Why did people spell the same word different ways? Was theatre spelled with an -re or an -er? I swear to you, this was something I analyzed on my own for about a month before I brought the issue to my parents. Why did some people spell color with an -our at the end, and why were there frequent misspellings of the word analyze (analyse?)

My parents were quick to inform me that our friends across the pond may very well speak the same language, but their spelling occasionally differs. Although I should have opted to spell theatre with the Americanized -er ending and I should have enjoyed spelling “check” the phonetic way (versus the British “cheque” — it looks like “check-oo,” right?), I didn’t find the spelling as fancy or posh. Who doesn’t prefer catalogue to catalog or draught to draft? It’s seriously a million times cooler in my book. Ironically, I just read a blog entry from a fellow blogger bagging on Americans who use British spelling, and although I understand the possible annoyance factor, I personally use British spelling any time I can get away with it. It’s partly because I think it’s cool and it’s partly because I always thought that was the right way to spell things! To this day, I think that catalogue should have the -ue on the end. When I see it spelled “catalog” I feel like it’s being truncated. Incorrectly so, by the way. It’s my personal little infatuation and my way of being a little more British-esque than normal.

For anyone interested in being cooler and spelling things in a British fashion,
check this site out. It’s my favourite.

Cheerio,

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