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{{disclaimerbox|This policy is disputed; see [[Wikitravel talk:Spelling]].}}
 
{{disclaimerbox|This policy is disputed; see [[Wikitravel talk:Spelling]].}}
  
Where there's a difference, we prefer '''American English spelling''' to Commonwealth English spelling. This isn't because American English is somehow "better" or because we want to stomp on the rights, heritage, and cultures of other English-speaking countries. We need to pick one spelling style for consistency, and the founders of Wikitravel are Americans, so they just started writing American-style first. Below are reference guides for proper spelling:
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Wikitravel recommends using the '''local variant of English''' for all destination articles.  This means:
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* Australia: Australian English spelling
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* Canada: Canadian English spelling
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* United Kingdom and most Commonwealth countries: British English spelling
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* United States: American English spelling
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If the destination has no history of using English and/or no clear preference for the variety to use, we prefer '''American English spelling'''. This isn't because American English is somehow "better" or because we want to stomp on the rights, heritage, and cultures of other English-speaking countries. We need to pick one default spelling style for consistency, and the founders of Wikitravel are Americans, so they just started writing American-style first. Below are reference guides for proper American spelling:
  
 
Word spelling:
 
Word spelling:
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*''CIA World Factbook'', www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/
 
*''CIA World Factbook'', www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/
  
If you are from a Commonwealth country and use "harbour" or "aluminium" or whatever, that's fine. We want your contributions and your work, so don't worry so much about spelling. But other contributors may come through and switch those over to American English, just for consistency.
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Don't worry if you're not familiar or comfortable with American spelling and want to edit a place in the "American sphere". Somebody else will come along and fix it up.
  
 
==Proper names==
 
==Proper names==
  
Sometimes proper names have words in them that are spelled differently in American and Commonwealth English, or just misspelled altogether. These words should not be changed -- the proper name should not be mangled to conform to Wikitravel's spelling rules.  
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Occasionally proper names do not follow local spelling conventions. These words should not be changed -- the proper name should not be mangled to conform to Wikitravel's spelling rules.  
 
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However, referring to the proper named thing in the generic ''should'' be mangled. Examples may be clearer:
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* ''Molson Centre is the center of hockey in Montreal.''
 
* ''The harbor in Sydney is called Sydney Harbour.''
 
* ''The nation's defense depends on the aluminum extracted from The National Defence Aluminium Centre.''
 
 
* ''Joaquin Miller's home, "The Hights", rests on the heights of the Oakland hills.''
 
* ''Joaquin Miller's home, "The Hights", rests on the heights of the Oakland hills.''
  

Revision as of 03:24, 15 March 2008

This policy is disputed; see Wikitravel talk:Spelling.


Wikitravel recommends using the local variant of English for all destination articles. This means:

  • Australia: Australian English spelling
  • Canada: Canadian English spelling
  • United Kingdom and most Commonwealth countries: British English spelling
  • United States: American English spelling

If the destination has no history of using English and/or no clear preference for the variety to use, we prefer American English spelling. This isn't because American English is somehow "better" or because we want to stomp on the rights, heritage, and cultures of other English-speaking countries. We need to pick one default spelling style for consistency, and the founders of Wikitravel are Americans, so they just started writing American-style first. Below are reference guides for proper American spelling:

Word spelling:

  • Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, Wiley Hoboken, N.J.
  • Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Springfield, Mass.

Place Names:

  • National Geographic Atlas of the World, National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C., www.nationalgeographic.com/index.html
  • CIA World Factbook, www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/

Don't worry if you're not familiar or comfortable with American spelling and want to edit a place in the "American sphere". Somebody else will come along and fix it up.

Proper names

Occasionally proper names do not follow local spelling conventions. These words should not be changed -- the proper name should not be mangled to conform to Wikitravel's spelling rules.

  • Joaquin Miller's home, "The Hights", rests on the heights of the Oakland hills.

See also: List of common misspellings

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