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  • As far as I am concerned, English is ultimately defined as the language spoken in England.

    You basically lost me here.. There are many languages spoken in England.... If you find that answer too smartallecky, then which dialect are you referring to specifically? Why do you or anybody get to choose which of those represent "real" English? Saying that BBC English is the real one is arbitrary, and most people don't use it. (I'd like to see a table of how many people speak various dialects of English.)

    I've read a couple books on the history of English (written by British people), and in one of them it was mentioned that the opinion of British people who travelled to America during the 1800s was that American English was much better than what was being spoken in England. So why should Americans have to settle for your sloppy language? (hehe)

    If the news presentors in Spain were all forced to speak in Mexican or Portugese, or French all cinema switched to Quebecious(sp?) the uproar would be huge.

    So which software are you being forced to use that doesn't have British English localizations? What exactly are the problems that you have in using software based on American spelling? If I used software based on British spelling, I would hardly give it a second thought. Aside from certain obvious spelling differences, I think a lot of vocabulary differences are for colloquialisms/slang.

    • It's not smart-alecky, but it is pedantic, and reading more into what I'm saying than I am. You've also missed the main point in that I'm talking about written English, and not spoken English.

      As to your specific points, I get to choose because it's MY opinion, and nobody elses. As far as _I_ am concerned, and as I related it to my personal universe, that is the case.

      As to which is better, I really don't care and made no implications that either spelling was inherantly better. Dictating what the official spe