Spelling and Other Really Annoying Subjects

Spelling and Other Really Annoying Subjects

Recently, one of my Canadian colleagues commented that an American had told her:  “If you keep spelling “Defense” with an “s” instead of a “c”, you will never be taken seriously.”  Um, hello…ever heard of Canadian or British spelling?  Americans, as I have mentioned in earlier posts, do tend to, um, keep to themselves…and therefore have very little knowledge of what’s going on in other countries (except as it affects them…just watch CNN for ten hours straight and you’ll see).  I also encountered Americans at the Conference who thought I’d flown through a blizzard to reach Virginia…um, no, Autumn hasn’t quite started yet; everything in Canada is still green, just dropping to sleep as winter beckons. A family from  Brooklyn waiting at the Dorval Airport when I was on my way to Vancouver in July, questioned why all the kiosks offered baked beans with breakfast.  I nearly explained:  “Beans are a staple in the traditional Quebec breakfast,”  but the wife was so vocal and so, um, prolific in her bewilderment at the offers of baked beans, that I couldn’t find a moment to interrupt to tell them anything.

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