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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.
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Where there's a difference, we prefer '''Commonwealth English spelling''' to American English spelling. This isn't because Commonwealth English is somehow "better," but 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 Commonwealth-style first.
  
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 editors may come through and switch those over to American English, just for consistency.
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If you are from America and use "harbor" or "aluminum" or whatever, that's fine. We want your contributions and your work, so don't worry so much about spelling. But editors may come through and switch those over to Proper English, just for consistency.
  
 
==Proper names==
 
==Proper names==
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However, referring to the proper named thing in the generic ''should'' be mangled. Examples may be clearer:
 
However, referring to the proper named thing in the generic ''should'' be mangled. Examples may be clearer:
  
* ''Molson Centre is the center of hockey in Montreal.''
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* ''Molson Center is the centre of hockey in Montreal.''
* ''The harbor in Sydney is called Sydney Harbour.''
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* ''The harbour in Sydney is called Sydney Harbor.''
* ''Ten tons of aluminum a day are extracted from the Ten-Tonne Harbour Aluminium Centre.''
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* ''Ten tonnes of aluminium a day are extracted from the Ten-Ton Harbor Aluminum Center.''
* ''Joaquin Miller's home, "The Hights", rests on the heights of the Oakland hills.''
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* ''Joaquin Miller's home, "The Hights," rests on the heights of the Oakland hills.''
  
 
See also: [[Wikitravel:List of common misspellings|List of common misspellings]]
 
See also: [[Wikitravel:List of common misspellings|List of common misspellings]]
 
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Revision as of 04:53, 3 June 2005

Where there's a difference, we prefer Commonwealth English spelling to American English spelling. This isn't because Commonwealth English is somehow "better," but 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 Commonwealth-style first.

If you are from America and use "harbor" or "aluminum" or whatever, that's fine. We want your contributions and your work, so don't worry so much about spelling. But editors may come through and switch those over to Proper English, just for consistency.

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.

However, referring to the proper named thing in the generic should be mangled. Examples may be clearer:

  • Molson Center is the centre of hockey in Montreal.
  • The harbour in Sydney is called Sydney Harbor.
  • Ten tonnes of aluminium a day are extracted from the Ten-Ton Harbor Aluminum Center.
  • Joaquin Miller's home, "The Hights," rests on the heights of the Oakland hills.

See also: List of common misspellings

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