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American versus Non-American spelling:
WyldchyldI've recently noticed a great deal of activity involving the alteration of non-American spelling to American spelling on this site even when the non-American spelling is correct (for non-American English, that is). Particular examples that I've noticed include altering the use of the 's' to 'z' (for example, 'aggrandise' to 'aggrandize'), removing the 'u' from words (for example, 'armour' to 'armor'), or changing the use of double-l to single-l words (for example, changing a word such as 'travelling' to 'traveling'), and so on. Obviously I don't object to legitimate corrections. However, the 'Welcome to TV Tropes' page is still stating the site is neutral on this matter and that legitimate variations should be left alone when encountered. Is this still the case or has that rule recently changed and the page simply not been updated yet?
edited 8th Feb '12 5:13:01 PM by Wyldchyld
Tsundere pet.I don't know of any change in policy. But these changes may not be deliberate: many Americans may not be aware that there are other accepted spellings and think they are honest typos, or, now that most browsers have built-in spellchecking, are simply "correcting" anything that's flagged as incorrect by the software.
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WyldchyldThat's fair enough. In the past week or so where I've been noticing this trend, I've looked up so many words that I've learned quite a bit about American spelling and grammar that I never knew before. I can appreciate how the reverse might be true as well. I just wanted to know if I'd missed a rule change I wasn't aware of, but if I haven't, that's fine.
Generic Evil EmperorIf I recall, both spellings are acceptable and there's no need to "correct" one to the other.
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I see the Awesomeness.I believe the current stance is "who ever gets there first" and there's no official preference, but both should have redirects in the event of a trope title.
Besides deliberate insistence of alternate spellings (among other differences), there's also the general ignorance of them. Not every contributor knows them and even then, will likely write in whatever they're most familiar with. After edits by 50 different people, there's a chance a page will be schizophrenic regarding spelling.
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The Final ECW ChampionYou can blame me for the s to z. I used to use imperial spelling around here and even then I would do that. S just doesn't look right to me in Z sounding words, but I'll stop okay?
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adopting kittehThe few times I've edited I use Z's but anyway... it is not much of an issue because you can see directly in the page what style is being used. What makes me nervous is that I'm more used to a mixture of US and british words than a regular set of one of them. Cab/Taxi, Subway/Metro, etc...
I...didn't realize cab/taxi and subway/metro were from different dialects of English. So, to clarify, if one example is in American English, the next can be in British English and vice versa without anyone going crazy. It's only when within a sentence, paragraph, or example that switching becomes a problem?
Cutmaster-sanI can confirm it isn't a problem. Any block of text that functions as a unit (the description, a given example, etc.) should be the same, but different units need not match within the page, and should not be changed to match.
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Hammer of the PervsUse of taxi and cab varies not only within the States, but even within the same regional dialect. Also, most New Yorkers call the subway simply "the train."
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