American vs British English foolishness (OT)
dss-lfs at cfl.rr.com
Mon Oct 6 19:59:39 PDT 2003
Shane Shields wrote:
> "Richard A Downing FBCS" <geek109 at yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
> news:20031006084015.785a8db4.geek109 at yahoo.co.uk...
>>On another point: Is the spelling 'your' for 'you are' accepted
>>in modern American? It really grates with me. I expect
>>'you're' in this context, and use 'your' as the possessive
>>personal pronoun, e.g.: 'Your book'. I'm not nit-picking, just
>>trying to understand.
> It should be "you are" or "you're" but I'm just being lazy and not putting
> in the apostrophies or even making sure the spelling is correct. Just for
> the record as I am Australian I use English grammer and spelling but I find
> that when programming American spelling is used. I believe this is due to
> most IDE's (note apostrophie :)) being programmed in America.
No, it's not accepted usage though it certainly appears to be getting
Now that just anyone can put things on the web and lexicographers have
such a large sample of common usages, I wonder if these misspellings
will get into dictionaries?
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