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Should the second l in cancelled be canceled?
« on: September 27, 2020, 11:55:35 pm »
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    Re: Should the second l in cancelled be canceled?
    « Reply #1 on: September 28, 2020, 12:41:10 am »
    It was canceled in 1898.

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    Re: Should the second l in cancelled be canceled?
    « Reply #2 on: September 28, 2020, 12:43:08 am »
    Either one is correct. Canceled is more common in the US whereas cancelled is more common in the UK.

    Merriam Webster the US dictionary says either is okay and I don't recall spell check in Word's US dictionary ever flagging cancelled. But then I'm not sure if I've ever used that word.

    Grammarly says it depends on where you live.

    Even my predictive text adds cancelled.

    Cancellation has 2 ls wherever you live.

    For an international audience why not use

    abandoned
    scrapped.          Extra p
    dropped.            Extra  p
    postponed
    mothballed.     
    scrubbed.          Extra b
    scratched
    axed
    nixed
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    Re: Should the second l in cancelled be canceled?
    « Reply #3 on: September 28, 2020, 05:36:53 am »
    Trying to take away my right to double-L, huh?  Someone has to take a stand for the small, the silly, the swill and the holla.  Pull together all our intelligence and yell, ally for cancelled!

    (Kidding!  I like canceled way better)

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    Re: Should the second l in cancelled be canceled?
    « Reply #4 on: September 28, 2020, 06:27:26 am »
    I wish more words offered two options. Less typos. :)
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    Re: Should the second l in cancelled be canceled?
    « Reply #5 on: September 28, 2020, 09:04:13 am »
    For US readers, canceled is more frequent. At least according to Merriam-Webster.

    The main thing to remember, as Decon mentioned, is that it's always cancellation and never cancelation, because language isn't fun without those little exceptions.  :P
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    Re: Should the second l in cancelled be canceled?
    « Reply #6 on: September 28, 2020, 08:35:54 pm »
    Two LLs, all the way.

    I was taught phonetics in grade school. Apparently the US official determiners of proper speling decided otherwise.

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    Re: Should the second l in cancelled be canceled?
    « Reply #7 on: September 28, 2020, 11:23:57 pm »
    I was once informed I did a terrible editing job. Their evidence--I'd not noticed the word "canceled" was misspelled.

    (Yes, I'm still bitter.)

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    Re: Should the second l in cancelled be canceled?
    « Reply #8 on: September 29, 2020, 01:09:11 am »
    Two LLs, all the way.

    I was taught phonetics in grade school. Apparently the US official determiners of proper speling decided otherwise.

    I would guess it's always spelling and never "speling" because the root word is spell.

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    Re: Should the second l in cancelled be canceled?
    « Reply #9 on: September 30, 2020, 01:31:23 am »
    Two LLs, all the way.

    I was taught phonetics in grade school. Apparently the US official determiners of proper speling decided otherwise.

    Says the person who spells things much differently than anyone in England did in the past. I always get a laugh out of the people who don't get how languages work. Do you write everything using Shakespeare's spelling? You don't...? Why not? How about English from a thousand years ago? Wow, almost none of your words are spelled "properly".


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    Re: Should the second l in cancelled be canceled?
    « Reply #10 on: September 30, 2020, 03:21:59 pm »
    I have a list of words I Control+F after proofing if the writer is in a Commonwealth nation and the book is set in the U.S. After checking with the author to see if they want U.S. spelling. I have read books by UK authors my entire life so my U.S. eyes don't always catch the "-our" when reading. I always find more when I C+F. Sorry for alignment. They are in columns in my text but not in the preview.

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    Vigour         vigor
    Rumour         rumor
    Favour         favor
    Flavour         flavor
    Honour         honor
    Saviour         savior
    Colour         color
    Demeanour      demeanor
    Behaviour              behavior
    Parlour         Parlor
    Towards              toward
    Backwards              backward
    Afterwards              afterward
    Manoeuvre      maneuver
    Pyjamas              pajamas
    Artefact              artifact
    Sceptic         skeptic
    Defence              defense
    Offence         offense
    -tre                  -ter
    -ise                 -ize
    -isation         -ization
    -yse, ysing      -yze, yzing
    -ence         -ense
    -elled         -eled
    -eller                 -eler
    -elling         -eling
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    Re: Should the second l in cancelled be canceled?
    « Reply #11 on: September 30, 2020, 08:20:31 pm »
    Says the person who spells things much differently than anyone in England did in the past. I always get a laugh out of the people who don't get how languages work. Do you write everything using Shakespeare's spelling? You don't...? Why not? How about English from a thousand years ago? Wow, almost none of your words are spelled "properly".

    Phonetics, man, phonetics. I prefer phonetics over modern, non-phonetic speling, but that's just me I guess.

    I myself don't spel the way they did in the 1500's, or even the 1600's for that matter. But I also loathe modern, creative American spelings like "tonite", "rite", "nite" and the like. I guess that makes me diferent. So be it.



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    Re: Should the second l in cancelled be canceled?
    « Reply #12 on: October 04, 2020, 01:47:01 am »
    Phonetics, man, phonetics. I prefer phonetics over modern, non-phonetic speling, but that's just me I guess.

    I myself don't spel the way they did in the 1500's, or even the 1600's for that matter. But I also loathe modern, creative American spelings like "tonite", "rite", "nite" and the like. I guess that makes me diferent. So be it.

    Yet it's not phonetic. Across even the small country on England the pronunciation of this word has several IPA pronunciations. Brush up on your phonetics!

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