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11-11-2009 @ 11:03AM
Not sure if I agree with you r assessment of the 'color' versus 'colour' situation. The latter suggests a fuller, more rounded pronunciation of the second syllable, which will sound ridiculous when exaggerated, but is indicative of the correct pronunciation of the word. One of the things I love about the apparently arbitrary correct spellings in English (perhaps more so in UK-English than US) is the incredible subtlety of indication. The silent 'g' or 'k' in 'gnome' or 'know' are of course virtually inaudible, but indicate something like the pre-formation of the word. (I doubt that's a meaningful term, but I mean the soundless 'shape' that the vocal organs form before delivering the word itself - try it, if you're as sad as me you might find it makes you smile.)I'm with the US on 'center' though. We anglicised the pronunciation, why not the spelling as well? 'Gotten', also, is an 'Americanism' I like. It's much more elegant a past participle than 'got'.
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