Could be But if it were me, I would think barbeque is a typo. And it's weird that KB spell check tells you barbecue is incorrect, but tells me barbeque is wrong!DDark said:I also live in Texas and I've never seen it spelled Barbecue (except at Dickey's, and I don't care for them). I changed it to the "C", but it just does not look right to me. I wonder if it's going to be one of those regional things, the same way we have international variances of words like grey/gray. Sigh.
Indeed. I recall seeing a fairly hot debate about this a while back on another writing forum. I can't remember when or where, but I believe that the final decision was that both "think" and "thing" are acceptable now. It was originally "think" as "thing" doesn't make much sense. Still, I fall into the "thing" category. I always thought it looked better on paper. Judas Priest agrees. Not that they're anyone to judge grammar or language, but still.T.L. Haddix said:Think is the original, I believe. Thing is the popular after it became corrupted, and is now as accepted as the original.
I am a card-carrying metalhead myself, as well as a huge fan of Priest. As for "worser," that makes me cringe! I wouldn't have been able to stop the imminent face palm in that situation.T.L. Haddix said:Depends on if you're a Priest fan. I like them. My hubby's a metalhead.
That reminds me of this story hubby tells about the Guns N Roses song "Welcome to the Jungle." There's a line in it that says "It gets worse here every day." One of his classmates in high school argued that "worser" was, too, a word. GNR said so in the song. "Worse here" sounded like "worser."
Haha. I can't imagine a Christian school being terribly happy about one of their students rocking out to "Get in the Ring."T.L. Haddix said:I cannot hear "Welcome to the Jungle" without thinking of that story and laughing. Of course, this was also at the Christian high school Glendon went to, where his Use Your Illusion CDs got confiscated. Just sayin'.
And some will post reviews saying you didn't edit.tipsy telstar said:no matter which way you spell it, some people will think you're right, some will think you're wrong, and some will just want some ribs.....
Solve your dilemma by using the Aussie version: barbie.DDark said:It's mentioned a few times in my new book and something prompted me to look it up. I have always spelled it barbeque, and I live right near a Spring Creek Barbeque. Then Google kept trying to correct it to barbeCue. <--- Yet Kindleboards spell check is trying to say that barbeCue is incorrect.
I saw that using the "C" is the standard spelling, perhaps by root of the word. But is this a big deal? I'm tempted to shorten it, but I don't like acronyms in my book because they tend to leap out on the page at you.
Whichever way you spell it, the most important thing is to be consistent. Most people know there is more than one way to spell barbecue (or barbeque) but they will accept your spelling if you don't switch back and forth. If you aren't consistent, they will think you just don't know how to spell it. Over the years I've worked with writers who had a style sheet listing how they wanted certain words spelled to help them or anyone editing their work keep things consistent.tipsy telstar said:no matter which way you spell it, some people will think you're right, some will think you're wrong, and some will just want some ribs.....