Yikes ! Even the mods can't spell
It's worth pointing out that the spelling of English words has a heritage running back about 2000 years as it is strongly influenced by the latin ( Romans ) and as that developed over the millennia into other ( but not all ) European languages. This is why humour is spelt with a 'our' instead of how it sounds: 'or'
It was your erstwhile Noah Webster who, after the American War of Independence, when you guys decided you didn't want to be ruled by us Brits anymore ( can't think why
) published his 'American Dictionary of the English Language' around 1820, and altered many words to be spelt as they sounded, specifically to make 'American English' different. However many of his radical changes to spelling were never accepted, such as spelling women 'wimmen'
To quote Bernard Shaw : 'England and America are two countries separated by a common language'
Anyway I'll keep it
now, that's probably made everyone wish the original thread was back