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I am dyslectic. I write things omitting words which can change their intended meaning and do not notice these omissions when proof reading what I have written before I publish these posts.

In my last post I should have said that no UK dictionary has "by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen" printed in them, other than the Oxford dictionary.


Generally speaking "er" is used in a verb (an action), while "re" is used in a nown (a tangible object).

For example: you may have heard military people refer to the actions carried out on a battlefield as the theater of war. We don't expect this to mean that a battle was fought in a building.

In this context: theater refers to all the individual sctions as a whole, that occurred during that battle and not just one single action.

On the other hand, you might watch a battle in a Theatre. This would mean that you would be watching a re-enactment of a battle.


my last paragraph should read: on the other hand, you might watch a battle in a Theatre. This would mean that you would be watching a re-enactment of a battle by actors on a stage located inside a building constructed solely for the purpose of entertaining people.


Regarding English spelling. You may or may not be aware that English is a comparatively new written language. In Shakespeare's day English, in written form, did not exist. This is demonstrated in all of his plays and other written material. Shakespeare wrote words how he assumed they should have been spelt if a dictionary had been created for the English written word, which one had not.

In fact, in many of his essays Shakespeare constantly spelt words completely differently to the way he had spelt them before. I suppose if he had been less of a genius and had produced fewer prose, he might have been able to remember the way he had spelt dozens of these words before and aimed for a little more uniformity, which evidently, he was in reality able to do.


my last post omitted the word NOT, in it's last sentence. This should have read: ...dozens of these words before and aimed for a little more uniformity, which evidently, he was in reality NOT able to to.

Jean-Richard Pelland

I must say that I am surprised to see making a distinction between centre and center where non exists. Centre is standard English, whereas center is American English. This modified spelling was one of Webster's many proposed changes to the English language. Fortunately, only a few were accepted by the American public. Similarly, there is no distinction between theatre and theater; that is just contrived nonsense.


@Vasco Almeida: ^"Emma Chizzit" Scottish?? Have any of these people heard a Scottish person talking? "Haewmarch izzeh" is more Scottish.
"Eric's lend load", a lot of English regions sound like this as well.
Why do Americans feel the need to mess with the English language? Why drop our beloved 'u's? Without them, the words are spelt incorrectly. This author seems biased towards America too. I'm Welsh, but I respect the Queens English.


@nw10jb ;; Why don't you try writing a reply in a small word processor before posting it? I'm just thinking, you must waste quite some time correcting your own posts. You should change the background and text colour((that's right!)) and maybe increase text size of said word processor to help you recognize mistakes. My girlfriend suffers from dyslexia.


1000% incorrect. In Canada it is spelled "centre". I would never believe this source for two reasons: 1. Funk and Wagnalls is an American publisher, and 2. In Canada, we don't use "college" like they do, we use "university". So a "Canadian College Dictionary" already raises all kinds of red flags.

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