Diction

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wouldn't it be considered diction? In diction's definition it says diction is 'the selection of certain words or phrases that become peculiar to a writer'. So, wouldn't "colour" or "metre" or "kilometre" give the book a more distinct british feel?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/21/2012 - 23:29
(Un)fortunately not

"Colour" vs "color" is not choosing a particular word, but rather a spelling. The 'u' does not give a "British feel" to a sentence, as many countries(Canada as an example) spell the word in that way.

On the other hand nearly every country in the world, apart from the United States, uses the metric system so using kilometers in place of miles would hardly imbue the work with a feeling of Brittishness, so much as it would imbue a sense of "not-american". This could possibly be interpreted as a diction, but I would be wary to call it that.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 10/27/2012 - 00:05
History of American Spellings

In order to fully understand this you should go to the Grammar Girl website. She has a nice brief history about why American's do not add the u, or spell with an -re. It has to do with an attempt to separate ourselves from the British after the American Revolution.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/12/2013 - 08:57
HELP?

would "colour" or "metre" or "kilometre" be a diction?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 08/17/2012 - 04:23
that is the UK spelling of

that is the UK spelling of english words... in the US we use color meter and kilometer

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 23:31
no thats just how british

no thats just how british people spell it.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/03/2012 - 23:27
Nope

I spell "colour" Like that and I am American. It just adds a different feel to it. Or That it could be used in dialogue.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:56
No.

The form of -ou is British words.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/29/2012 - 03:14
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And Canadian!

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 05:32
I would agree, although this

I would agree, although this may be a matter of opinion. If it gives a certain feel to the writing, then yes! :)

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 08/31/2012 - 22:29
YES

I spell some words bad and in British like some of you but it does not matter really. I read a book from a Canadian author lol it was really good. sol don´t judge others.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/17/2016 - 23:41

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