Date: Sat, 13 Jan 1996 11:12:56 -0600

From: "Charles F Juengling (Fritz Juengling)" juen0001[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GOLD.TC.UMN.EDU

Subject: Re: Commonly misspelled words

The above words are all spelled differently on U.S. soil from the

British pronunciation. Growing up in Canada I was in contact with both,

and it confused the hell out of me.

The correct American spelling:







My initial reaction for 'ise' in realise was that it's not right. Sure

nuff-- the AHD has only 'realize.'

Your inclusion of 'center' is an interesting one. I have observed that

'centre' is becoming much more commonly used, esp. if it appears in a name,

such as "the Evergreen Centre" (a shopping center). I've noticed it from

the Twin Cities to Salem, Ore. There is even a sign on the freeway in some

LITTLE town in South Dakota which directs you to the "City Centre" (As far

as I could tell, it was not part of a name, but actually the middle of the


"Theatre" is another word in which 're' seems to be spreading. I think I

now see 're' more than 'er' in this word.

has anyone else noticed this?

Fritz J

Fritz Juengling

U of MN