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Calling all English hubbers - iwhat spelling do you use?

  1. IzzyM profile image85
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    Calling all English hubbers, do you write in English English or US English? I find myself more and more writing for the market - so especially on Amazon hubs changing the spelling of colour to color etc. Anyone else?
    Word hates when I do that, I get red errors all over the place! lol

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      US English - no question. Trust me - barbecue and barbeque are two entirely different search engine volumes. sad

      You could always change your Word preferences.

      1. sunforged profile image65
        sunforgedposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Which was in UK english? i tend to use both since bbq is so often used - barbeque naturally pops out sometimes

        But I live near a famous BBq joint so I see Barbecue a lot - I never even noticed that before.

        1. Mark Knowles profile image60
          Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Barbeque is English. Barbecue is American, but they shorten it to BBQ, not BBC. lol

    2. EmpressFelicity profile image85
      EmpressFelicityposted 6 years ago in reply to this



      I write in English English, but am starting to wonder if that's wise from an earnings point of view.  Although in my jewellery hubs, I do *try* and get round it by using lots of key words that have the same spelling in both versions, and by making "jewelry" part of the hub's URL.

      1. CMHypno profile image89
        CMHypnoposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Like the Empress, I tend to write in English English, but for things like my jewellery Hubs, I use the American jewelry instead.  Trouble is I have started spelling it that way all the time now!

    3. profile image0
      selrachposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Good question Izzy and good answer from Mark.

      You make a good point about writing for the market. I write in scottish english, so nae awn his got a scooby wit am writin aboot.  tongue

      1. RNMSN profile image89
        RNMSNposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        thisawn got it me love!

    4. profile image0
      Justine76posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Im from the U.S. and tend to write in Englsih English, I have no idea why, I always have, I failed a bunch of spelling tests, teachers got real mad at me, and my spell checker hates me!!!

      1. Rafini profile image86
        Rafiniposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        change your spell checker settings!  smile  (then it will love you smile )

    5. Disappearinghead profile image87
      Disappearingheadposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I write in the Queen's English of course. Why would I wish to adopt the inferior US English with all its spelling mistakes? One must raise the standard, not lower them. Tuh.

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image85
        Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Because most of the readers are from the US.

  2. Polly C profile image90
    Polly Cposted 6 years ago

    I write in English English - anything else feels wrong to me (not that there is anything wrong in it, it's just me!) But I can understand how you feel about your amazon hubs - writing in US English could be an advantage then, I guess. I would have to really concentrate, though, it wouldn't come easily!

  3. Rafini profile image86
    Rafiniposted 6 years ago

    I write in US English, however, since having spellchecker I've noticed some words stored in my brain are spelled using English English rather than US English.  I just know jewellery is the correct spelling but the spellchecker doesn't agree with me!  big_smile

  4. Polly C profile image90
    Polly Cposted 6 years ago

    I get more traffic from google UK anyway. Maybe that's why?!!

  5. ethel smith profile image86
    ethel smithposted 6 years ago

    I tend to stick to UK language. If it was not for old fuddy duddies like me it would disappear lol.
    Occasionally I americanize and I guess it could be more profitable. By the way I often write in my own language as the correct grammar seems to be lost on me nowaddays.

  6. IzzyM profile image85
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    Thanks for all the replies. I think Mark's answer is the most apt in the sense that the search engines look for American spellings. I did read somewhere that putting both spellings into tags would mean the search engines still see it...but maybe it will be easier to just write the whole Hub in US English!
    Jewelry spelt like this just looks so WRONG lol. Course it is jewellery, but if the search engines skip that word then I guess jewelry it is smile
    I'll keep Word the way it is I think, and stick to English English when writing about subjects localised to the UK, not that there are many of them.

  7. frogdropping profile image85
    frogdroppingposted 6 years ago

    US english. It's habit to be honest. I can switch easily, it's no big deal. Broadens the mind and all that wink

  8. raisingme profile image89
    raisingmeposted 6 years ago

    I go back and forth between the two, sometimes it is easier to get rid of the red lines by simply giving in to the American spelling but I don't understand the term US English...it's either English or it is something else - Americanish! 

    We were watching an American program on TV and a commercial came on - onto the screen flashed the word HONOR (honour) and my son made the comment, "I didn't realize that the Americans' spell honour differently."  My young daughter piped up, "You are right A...., they spell it with an 'H'!"

    1. rebekahELLE profile image92
      rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      lol out of the mouth of babes comes the greatest humor.

      I find myself constantly spelling 'theater' theatre, even with the little red line, I like how it looks.

      a helpful link.
      http://www.englishclub.com/writing/spel … nglish.htm

  9. jenblacksheep profile image85
    jenblacksheepposted 6 years ago

    When I don't think about I naturally write in English English, but sometimes when I think of it I write in US English. Like when I did jewellery hubs at Christmas I spelt it the US way, even though it nearly killed me big_smile

  10. LeanMan profile image80
    LeanManposted 6 years ago

    Use both so that you cover all eventualities when people are searching...

  11. lakeerieartists profile image79
    lakeerieartistsposted 6 years ago

    Is there a setting on your Word for US English?

  12. TMMason profile image73
    TMMasonposted 6 years ago

    America, English.

    Should be a button on it. God knows you English people talk funny.

  13. Joy56 profile image60
    Joy56posted 6 years ago

    English of course, need you ask ha aha.

  14. timorous profile image90
    timorousposted 6 years ago

    I turned off the bloody spell-checker a long time ago.  Good thing I can spell.smile

    If you're writing here for profit, it's probably an advantage to use U.S. English.  Otherwise, I use the King's English.  They invented it after all (using Latin and a few other derivative languages of course) a couple of centuries before the U.S. started mangling and abbreviating things, and colloquial spellings started to creep in.

  15. livelonger profile image90
    livelongerposted 6 years ago

    I would assume Google is intelligent enough to know that "jewellery" and "jewelry" are the same thing. I will see it understand different grammatical forms (boldfacing learning and learned, if I typed in learn, for example).

    The only wrinkle I can think of is, with geotargeted search results available nowadays, Google might assume a hub on "jewellery" is more appropriate for a non-US visitor, while "jewelry" is more appropriate for a US visitor.

    No data to back that up, just a guess.

    1. EmpressFelicity profile image85
      EmpressFelicityposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      If what you say is true (and I would love it to be true LOL), then the only question is whether seeing British English spellings in a hub would make a US reader less likely to click on the Adsense ads or Amazon products.

      1. livelonger profile image90
        livelongerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I doubt that very much. Americans tend to be much less fussy about UK vs US spelling than do Brits (because it's not "our" language). wink

  16. profile image0
    zampanoposted 6 years ago

    If your concern is audience, why not have a spanish version of your writings ?
    Afterall color is the spanish word for colour...

    1. IzzyM profile image85
      IzzyMposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      verdad!
      But I don't write for a Spanish audience, nor am I fluent in the language, and if I was I'd be bumped off Hubpages!

      No I haven't seen a thread on this before and this is all very interesting. Obviously if the whole internet went over to American English, we wuld lose our language and I wouldn't be too happy about that, but my primary reason for writing here is for money so I guess I'll need to write more often in US English.

  17. tonymac04 profile image88
    tonymac04posted 6 years ago

    I write English English. Maybe it's some kind of rebellion against the US hegemony and a declaration of independence!

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      zampanoposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Good !
      Let's have a tea party !
      hehehe

  18. livelonger profile image90
    livelongerposted 6 years ago

    The last 2 posts have proved my point. wink

  19. mrpopo profile image86
    mrpopoposted 6 years ago

    I usually just write in English English. I guess it's because my teachers always fussed about keeping the language different than the US English. It annoys me to see the red lines everywhere though, so sometimes I write in US English just to appease the machine.

    I would probably write in Old English if I could. Create a bit of variety.

  20. barryrutherford profile image30
    barryrutherfordposted 6 years ago

    If enough people wrote English English wouldn't the search engine settings change ?  Democracy at work...  tongue

    1. IzzyM profile image85
      IzzyMposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      That can only happen when there are more web writers than readers. If that happened, we'd likely all be out of a job!

  21. Uninvited Writer profile image85
    Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago

    I usually use US spelling.

    1. Misha profile image75
      Mishaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I did not know you are English wink

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image85
        Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I'm not, I'm Canadian. We use English spelling here smile And I was born in the UK

        1. Misha profile image75
          Mishaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Cool, that I did not know about Canada. Seriously smile

  22. Cagsil profile image60
    Cagsilposted 6 years ago

    I use American English in all my hubs.

  23. ns1209 profile image35
    ns1209posted 6 years ago

    I mainly use English English but will occasionally change things in tags e.t.c. for both! e.g. soccer and football! I hate saying soccer but there you go!

  24. profile image0
    zampanoposted 6 years ago

    Cagsil.
    I read once you have stated you didn't speak any other languages other than English.
    From your writings and reasonings, I'd be ready to bet a lot that you could speak and write a nice collection of other languages would you give it just a bit of your time.
    I tell you. It is really good for the brain to speak or write a foreign language at least from time to time. It's the best way to get into another culture than yours.
    And that is real wealth.

    IzzyM.
    I had a look at your garden. I love it.
    That is real wealth too.

    1. Cagsil profile image60
      Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You are kidding right? I have trouble with my own language and ALL the words in it, as it is.

      Why would I want to learn a less complex language. There are more words in the American English language than any other language on the planet. Most of the words in American English have multiple meanings, depending on the context of a the sentence or intent.

      It happens to be one of the reason I enjoy writing so much now, as I didn't a decade ago. I am only high school educated and have no formal higher education. So, everything is self taught.

      I hope you can understand, the wealth I require is not in learning a new language, it is in the money I can collect/receive/obtain, so I can do the things that I want, like living life, not just surviving. hmm

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        zampanoposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I was far from thinking that you could ever make me laugh.
        You're definitely a province boy.
        My laugh is not full hearted though.
        I'm sorry.
        Don't move from Massachusets.
        Maybe you'll become a stone statue some day.

        1. Cagsil profile image60
          Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          You see, there you go again. Assuming something not said. I would travel and see lots of place, providing it did not get in the way of my work. I have no doubts that I could gain more by moving and doing things outside my state.

          This again, requires what? Requires money. DUH!

          Which is more important, cannot do both presently? So, please enlighten me.

          You are not in my position and have no clue what my life is like.

          Enough said.

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            zampanoposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Never meant to be rude.
            I live in Paris.
            If you ever happen to come by, just let me know.
            I'll be happy to leave you an appartment I have and make you visit around.
            Feel free to be welcome.
            Maybe you'll utter some of your grand grand father's words
            hehehe

    2. IzzyM profile image85
      IzzyMposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Emmm...that was before he let his dogs loose in it! but thanks smile

  25. ediggity profile image59
    ediggityposted 6 years ago

    Wow, I didn't realize there were so many UK English speakers/writers on here.  Luckily I'm reading what you have to say, because I have a hard time understanding accents.  I love the movie Snatch, but I can only understand like half of it. Cheerio.

    1. profile image0
      Justine76posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      what about lock, stock, and three smoking barrels.

      1. ediggity profile image59
        ediggityposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        That's the original and it's good, but I like Snatch better.  Either way I can hardly understand the words except for, "Easy peasy lemon squeezy."

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          Justine76posted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I love them both, but I can understand it too. no idea why? but I can.

    2. wyanjen profile image89
      wyanjenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      best
      movie
      ever



      I watch it with the captions on wink

      1. ediggity profile image59
        ediggityposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        LOL, that's a good idea.  I'm going to try that.

  26. thisisoli profile image64
    thisisoliposted 6 years ago

    I try to write in american english but a lot of my british nuances get through. Unfortunately it is where the money is.

    1. IzzyM profile image85
      IzzyMposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Where the money is, I'll follow lol.
      Fortunately most of my favorite (notice the spelling?) authors are American so I'm sure I can write US English now that I've understood the importance of doing so. smile

  27. Jane Bovary profile image90
    Jane Bovaryposted 6 years ago

    It's hard not to slip into American spelling sometimes because the defaut US spellchecker here is constantly showing me those wavy red underlines.

    I always stubbornly put the "u" in colour though...if I don't I feel like I'm being colonised. [spellcheck is telling me that should be coloniZed!]

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image85
      Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I have my spellcheck on English English so sometimes a British/Canadian spelling gets through.

  28. EmpressFelicity profile image85
    EmpressFelicityposted 6 years ago

    Hmmm... I've just done a search on _alan k jewelry_ and my hub on the subject came up in fifth place, on the first page!

    Mind you I was using google.co.uk - don't know if that makes a difference; maybe someone using google.com would get a different result.  Any American readers care to try it out, in the interests of scientific research LOL?

  29. skyfire profile image73
    skyfireposted 6 years ago

    Completed my education in UK english, and now messing up with US english at workplace.

  30. DYLAN CLEARFIELD profile image80
    DYLAN CLEARFIELDposted 6 years ago

    I prefer British English, particularly jewellery.  Of course, most people will probably recognise this as mispelling or is it misspelling?

  31. profile image0
    Audreveaposted 6 years ago

    British / Australian English. I like to sound like myself.

  32. Jewels profile image81
    Jewelsposted 6 years ago

    I do British/Australian also.  I begrudgingly use US English, though I'm convinced it's not proper.

  33. Amanda Severn profile image91
    Amanda Severnposted 6 years ago

    I always write in English English, though I think this is more than about just spellings. Most of the Brits on HubPages have a very British way of putting things, and I can often spot a fellow Brit just from their writing style.

  34. Jo Woodward profile image60
    Jo Woodwardposted 6 years ago

    I use English English and if spell checker tells me to change it I ignore the word and leave the spelling as is.  If I have any doubts I refer back to my OED and go with that.

  35. alternate poet profile image78
    alternate poetposted 6 years ago

    I use English English because it still retains the deepest meanings in the fewest words. The cultural exagerration of American English devalues good words, moron-ises them in some cases, either through replacing them with short slang phrases or devalue through cynicism.

  36. TLMinut profile image60
    TLMinutposted 6 years ago

    Empress, I just searched for your hub using Alan K jewelry and it comes up number eight, so it's still on the first page.

    1. EmpressFelicity profile image85
      EmpressFelicityposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Cheers!  Makes me feel much better about sticking to English English.

  37. TLMinut profile image60
    TLMinutposted 6 years ago

    I never knew the English spelling was 'jewellery'; that may explain why people mispronounce it here. How do you pronounce it?

    I hear "jule-er-ree" a lot. Hmmm, I just went to a site that has audio pronunciations in English and American. They sound the same. Perhaps someone with better hearing could listen?

    1. EmpressFelicity profile image85
      EmpressFelicityposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, "jule-er-ree" is how I pronounce it.  But of course spelling doesn't necessarily give an accurate idea of pronounciation.  Who would know just from reading the place name "Leicester" that it's actually pronounced "Lester" rather than "Lay-cester"?  lol

      1. Disappearinghead profile image87
        Disappearingheadposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Does anyone actually make sufficient money from Hubpages to even ask the question: US or the superior UK English? Shame on all you British citizens that write in US English

      2. timorous profile image90
        timorousposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Or the name "Chalmondley" is pronounced "chumly". smile

  38. TLMinut profile image60
    TLMinutposted 6 years ago

    QUOTE:
    Does anyone actually make sufficient money from Hubpages to even ask the question: US or the superior UK English? Shame on all you British citizens that write in US English
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    lol lol lol

  39. IzzyM profile image85
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    So, from reading the posts here, US English is ONLY written in the US? Canadians and Australians use English English? Any other countries care to join in?

  40. prettydarkhorse profile image64
    prettydarkhorseposted 6 years ago

    how about labour, should I use labor or labour, I am currently writing about child labor?

    1. profile image0
      Audreveaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      British English: labour.

    2. IzzyM profile image85
      IzzyMposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      In English English all meanings of the the word labour are spelt the same. I suppose in US it would be labor?

  41. prettydarkhorse profile image64
    prettydarkhorseposted 6 years ago

    thanks Izzy and audrevea, maybe I will use labour becase it is used by United Nations as well

  42. travelespresso profile image83
    travelespressoposted 6 years ago

    What a great question Izzy.  I usually write English English but I'm mindful that Hubpages is a US based site and I imagine most readers are North American.  However, that assumption might be wrong!

    Anyway, sometimes, I change and use US spelling and then I have a odd mix in my hubs.  However, its all rather random.

  43. IzzyM profile image85
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    According to analytics, my readers are about 50/50 US UK and a smattering from around the globe, but Amazon is dot com, the US site so there is no point really writing in English English on those hubs aimed at a US market. But for the rest? Hmmmm! I don't want to put off UK viewers by continually using US spellings; not saying that it would put them off, but it might, especially if they read my profile and see that I am Scottish. Then it seems pretentious to write American when I'm obviously not from there.
    The Scots especially don't like when one of their own seems to get above themselves.
    For example, Sheena Easton, a Scot, started her career in the UK then left to aim for the bigger US market. She came back to Glasgow to star in an open-air concert where she was booed off the stage, and had eggs thrown at her! Not because she sang badly, she didn't, but because she'd developed a US accent (and was perceived to have turned her back on us)!
    Strange but true.

 
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