I would like to inform you, before you read this chapter, that I am a grammar Nazi.
Typos make me ill.
Wrongly placed apostrophes bring me to my knees.
And AMERICAN SPELLINGS... if you are American, you are probably going to be offended.
Anyway. On with the show.
First of all, apostrophes. Yes, I know this is a chapter on spelling, but apostrophes are... life. God. God of all inky, beautiful marks. Or pixels on a screen. Depends.
Anyway, let's get one thing straight.
It's never: I picked up the book's.
You picked up the book's... the book's what? The book's cover jacket? The book's grenade? The book's ATG missile launcher?
SHOULD BE: I picked up the books. It's a possessive plural otherwise. No apostrophe.
It's never: Two days notice.
What? What? Just... what?
SHOULD BE: Two days' notice. (There's more than one day.)
It's never: Jasmines going to town.
Jasmines going to town is the same as saying: Jane going to town. No. Just no. Jasmine IS going to town, therefore we replace the 'I' with an apostrophe.
SHOULD BE: Jasmine's going to town.
Anyway. Now that's out of the way, I can get onto what this chapter is about.
AMERICAN AND ENGLISH SPELLING
I'll give the Americans their due- back when England still used 'old English' spelling, lots of the words used were similar to words used by the americans. For example, '-our' and '-or'.
In this I am referring to:
The English spellings are on the right, and the American on the left. Which is right? Depends whether you want to be trampled by Americans or Grammar Nazis.
But then again, I must bring up the 'Merriam Webster' dictionary. One of my parents is a published author- with two different American publishing houses. As we are English, and they are American, she often has to change her English spellings to American spelling.
She's totally calm about that.
She never shouts curses at her editor through the computer screen.
Anyway, what I meant to point out is that the American publishing houses now base their spellings on the Merriam Webster dictionary. This dictionary does all sorts of odd things; for example, all hyphens are taken out. All of them.
Does not looking at those simply BURN YOUR EYEBALLS?!
Thank you for sticking with reading this chapter, as it was a bit of a rant and I probably just offended like everyone.