"Pearl Harbour" Sorry Harbor (why do people mess about with the spelling of the English language?)
makes its debut in the UK tonight. I just hope it is better than the restaurant of the same name in Southampton where I had perhaps the most awful meal ever!
American English has removed the French influence in such words. Harbor for harbour. Theater for theatre. And so on. Such spellings indicate the French influence on our language. Have no idea how or why American English moved away from the French influence like this.
It's times like these where I'm glad that a seemingly-wayward Scottish teacher in the Georgia school system forever altered the way I spell my words. Because of the habit patterns he taught me, my lexicon is a mixture of the Queen's English and the Colonial bastardisation.
I never picked up my teacher's Scottish accent, and my Southern accent has faded in the 20+ years I've lived in California. However, two habits remain:
- Because I'm originally from the East Coast, the fact that the ocean is now on the wrong side has really screwed up my conception of East and West. I have to double-check myself constantly on this.
- My Scottish teacher's influence (I had him for two years) was such that I normally write the English version of many words. I have to either consciously make the effort to use the American spelling, or rely on my spell-checker.
Of course, Eric Sauder says that I'm just a big phony. That would mean something if he were interested in a real ship, but he spends most of his time concentrating on Lusitania.
>Because I'm originally from the East Coast, the fact that the ocean is now on the wrong side
has really screwed up my conception of East and West. I have to double-check myself constantly on this.
And I thought I was the only one with this problem! (I'm originally from Connecticut)
I still have a bit of my New England accent, which pops out from time to time. And my kids belly-ache about the words I taught them to use, such as grinders and soda - which nobody here in the Pacific Northwest use.