US/UK spellings

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  1. Paraglider profile image92
    Paragliderposted 10 years ago

    Greetings All -

    Does anyone know if UK spellings in hub titles, labels, etc are recognised by search engines? E.g. I was going to add a label 'watercolour' to a hub then decided most folk would expect to see it without the 'u'. Do the search engines use both dictionaries and/or do 'fuzzy search'?

  2. darkside profile image81
    darksideposted 10 years ago

    They'll do a search to find instances of that word in a webpage. So pretty much as is.

    Try it: watercolor vs watercolour.

  3. darkside profile image81
    darksideposted 10 years ago

    Or try this "googlefight" of humour vs humor.

  4. thooghun profile image82
    thooghunposted 10 years ago

    Argh you got me hooked now sad

    http://www.googlefight.com/index.php?la … e+hubpages

    A massacre...

  5. Paraglider profile image92
    Paragliderposted 10 years ago

    Thanks - that Googlefight page is good fun!  But I hate the conclusion it's leading to - that a site using US spellings is more likely to be found. Not least because 'humor' without a 'u' is no joke!

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      Iðunnposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      lol

      I use both ways.  I spent years reading Irish and Brit news and the spelling grew on me so I just switch back and forth.  Plus I hate to be thought of as an American.  It's embarrassing with that moron in office.

      1. C.M. Vanderlinden profile image64
        C.M. Vanderlindenposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        I'm with you on that one!!

        Plus, the UK spellings just seem more elegant, somehow. I've always felt like US English was the poor, dumbed-down cousin of real English.  Which is what it is, actually smile

        1. profile image0
          Iðunnposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          yes, that too.  smile  Glad I'm not the only one.  hehe

  6. stubbs profile image64
    stubbsposted 10 years ago
  7. Stacie Naczelnik profile image73
    Stacie Naczelnikposted 10 years ago

    Whoa, look at stubbs go.

    Interesting, though, about spellings.

  8. gamergirl profile image59
    gamergirlposted 10 years ago
    1. thooghun profile image82
      thooghunposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Damn you, damn you all to hell!

      N.B I need time, time!!

  9. compu-smart profile image60
    compu-smartposted 10 years ago

    I had always wondered this question too..
    I was never sure if i should ad my 2 cents or 2 pence!!

  10. Misha profile image74
    Mishaposted 10 years ago

    I think it depends on your target market. And no, you can have them both sad

  11. darkside profile image81
    darksideposted 10 years ago

    When writing articles I often revert to US English, so it will exposed to a broader audience. And "easier" for the larger audience to read.

    I will however use both US and the English used by the rest of the world for the tags if there are words being used that have the slight difference in spelling.

  12. Paraglider profile image92
    Paragliderposted 10 years ago

    American spelling is more common on the web, for obvious reasons. But that could change, because Indian English is UK spelling, and the rate of growth of Indian 'middle class' is phenomenal. Watch this space . . .

 
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