There is no such thing as ‘the Queen’s English’. The property has gone into the hands of a joint stock company and we own the bulk of the shares!

12 December 2005

To u or not to u. An issue I have to deal with everyday as the vast majority of our databases are US-based and so lack that u, and insert a z instead of an s. Why I feel that z gets an a, but s gets an an I don’t know. Anyone got any rules for that?

Anonymous: Though you broadcast these screeds in detail because it is “news” that you have a “duty” to report, when I search the Al Jazeera site for the phrase “honor killings” I get nada. Not a single hit. Don’t you think that the murder of women throughout the Islamic world by their uncles and fathers and husbands because these women have the audacity to date who they want or express what they think is newsworthy?
Me: You make mention that our website does not mention “Honor Killings” – that is true since we don’t use American English – we use English English.
Try your search using “honour” instead – or just click here for Google results.
You see, sometimes little cultural misunderstands can cause such a big fuss.
(via Most Sincerly Folks

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6 Responses

  1. Why are those Americans too lay to use the letter u? Color, humor, rumor and so forth…

  2. anne says:

    Because when you pronounce s, you start with a vowelly sound, not when you pronounce z. That'd make sense anyway, no?

  3. Fence says:

    Anne, you are right, when you say s is does kinda start with an e-type of sound.

    UI, is that laziness of just practicality though?

  4. I would say laziness. :)

  5. sally says:

    Oh, but laziness has done so much to improve life!! ;-)

  6. Fence says:

    Laziness is, of course, a valid lifestyle choice.