A YA writer, represented by The Black Hawk Literary Agency. The book is titled BODY JUMPING. Hoping for it to be released by 2020.

Monday, February 11, 2019

American English vs British English: Write Responsibly

Slowly, the British English spelling crept into American society and remained undetected or ignored. But no more. Don't get me wrong. I lived in Britain for four years, which was one of the happiest times in my life. However, using their spelling in our country is wrong. After all, we fought in the war to gain independence, so why are we letting the Briticism take over? It's an epidemic that is spreading far and wide, even impacting school newsletter that students read.

1st offender is the media, which uses the AP style that is acceptable for international news. It is the biggest culprit because people trust what they see on the news or the news channel. The truth is even they go back and forth without thinking about the impact they have on the audience.

2nd offender is the Internet. Everyone with a computer and access to the Internet can put up whatever they want. This is the era of "alternative facts" that makes my mental anguish unbearable. when you  search up one thing, hundreds of different answers pop up, and 90% of them are opinions, not facts.

3rd biggest offender is my beloved self-published writers who published their books without having their books edited by professional editors. I've talked about this problem for years, so I digress.

My solution is simple and very elementary. But if enough people read this post, use the words themselves, and pass it on, it will result in change. It's a small impact and slow too, but it's a start. If you're American or writing for the American audience, don't use British English spelling. I will list some simple examples that I hope will be helpful. Please retweet and share this post. Let's take our language back!

                                               American English                           British English

Some words are spelled             airplane                                           aeroplane
differently altogether.                 jail                                                  gaol

The "er" is reversed.                   center                                             centre
                                                    theater                                            theatre

Adding "u" for no reason.           color                                              colour
                                                    labor                                               labour

Past tenses with "t."                    burned                                            burnt
                                                    spelled                                            spelt

Adding extra letters                    canceling                                        cancelled, cancelling
                                                    traveled, traveling                          travelled, travelling

                                                    programed                                      programmed
"ce" instead of "se"                     defense                                           defence
                                                    license                                             licence

"se" instead of "ze"                     organize                                          organise
                                                    recognize                                         recognise

Double vowels "ae" or "oe"        maneuver                                        manoeuvre
                                                    leukemia                                         leukaemia

Adding "s"                                  toward, forward, backward            towards, forwards, backwards.

Using y for i and e for a              tire                                                  tyre
                                                    gray                                                grey(50 Shades angers me because                                                                                                            it was written about American
                                                                                                           characters living in America. So,
                                                                                                           why that spelling in the book title?
                                                                                                           Should've hired an editor.)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

I or Me? - Seriously, this is a problem.

Writers, I can’t pinpoint when this trend began, but these days, I can’t go a day without hearing someone say “I” when the correct word to use was “me.” In person and on TV/radio.

“This house isn’t for I.” “Between you and I.” “He can’t do this to you or I.”
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

Some might've accepted it as a sophisticated option of the two because of the unreliable media or peers. But here’s the fact. The subject of “I or Me” wasn’t, isn’t, and will never be debatable. Here’s a succinct explanation.

Both I and me are pronouns. That's where the similarity ends.

Within a sentence, I is a subject, and me is an object.

Basic Sentence = Subject + Verb + Object

Examples of I:  I drank milk.
                             I went to school.

Examples of me:  He gave it to me.
                                There’s a wall between you and me.

Incorrect Example:  Sam gave the homework to you and I.

When you is taken out, it becomes Sam gave the homework to I.

Does that sound right? NO.

Of course, there's an exception in every case. For example, you may still answer the phone with "this is she/he." I won't get into an explanation, which would be 2 paragraphs long and would make this post no longer succinct. Thanks for visiting my blog, and as always, check out my website for my complete list of my editing service. Happy writing~

Fair warning. Writers, please stop using the wrong pronoun from this point forward. If you keep doing it, you'll be a target of ridicule by me or the "educated" public. #Stabbylove