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Old 03-24-2012, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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Just wondering which English version Canadians choose if "English (Canadian)" isn't an option.

I suppose the most common choices would be "English (US)" and "English (UK)".
I would imagine most Canadians would default to English US?
Or do some choose English UK or another English version?
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:27 AM
 
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Just wondering which English version Canadians choose if "English (Canadian)" isn't an option.

I suppose the most common choices would be "English (US)" and "English (UK)".
I would imagine most Canadians would default to English US?
Or do some choose English UK or another English version?

I always use English UK if Canadian English is not available. I do not want favourite, colour, centre, travelled, etc. "corrected".

I find Canadian English spellings are much closer to UK than US spellings, with a few exceptions. The automatic defaulting to English US annoys me to no end, but I am admittedly a bit of a spelling nazi.
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I default to English UK. It's closer to Canadian English.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Lethbridge, AB
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I default to US English only because the British spelling of aluminum annoys the hell out of me.
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:01 AM
 
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I would imagine most Canadians would default to English US?
I imagine many Canadians would default to British English because that is mainly what we were taught in Proper English courses in Canadian schools so that's what most of us are used to.

If you're interested in learning more about Canadian English the Canadian government published a book called "The Canadian Style: A Guide to Writing and Editing". It's an English language guide for editors, copywriters, students, teachers, lawyers, journalists, secretaries, business people and anyone else writing in the English language in Canada today. It provides concise, up-to-date answers to a host of questions on abbreviations, hyphenation, spelling, the use of capital letters, punctuation and frequently misused or confused words. It deals with letter, memo and report formats, notes, indexes and bibliographies, and geographical names. It also gives techniques for writing clearly and concisely, editing documents and avoiding stereotyping or biased language in communications. There is also an appendix on how to present French words in an English text.

The Canadian Style: A Guide to Writing and Editing: S2-158/1996E - Government of Canada Publications

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Old 03-29-2012, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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It has been quite a while since I have seen a computer that did not offer the Canadian English language option. That said, I would probably pick English UK if I had to, although I spell my ''izes'' with z, except for analyse.
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Old 03-30-2012, 01:56 AM
 
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It has been quite a while since I have seen a computer that did not offer the Canadian English language option. That said, I would probably pick English UK if I had to, although I spell my ''izes'' with z, except for analyse.
Most quality software does have a Canadian English option - however when you're a stickler for spelling like I am, you notice its absence. Facebook, for example, has seen fit to offer an Upside Down and Pirate option - but no Canadian English

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Old 03-31-2012, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Canada
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What is "pirate" and "upside down" English? "Shiver me timbers" and Aussie English? I'm not a Facebook user.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Mexico City (Montreal soon!)
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What is "pirate" and "upside down" English? "Shiver me timbers" and Aussie English? I'm not a Facebook user.
Pirate English:



Upside down English (literally!):

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Old 04-02-2012, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Most quality software does have a Canadian English option - however when you're a stickler for spelling like I am, you notice its absence. Facebook, for example, has seen fit to offer an Upside Down and Pirate option - but no Canadian English
I get it. I use mostly French for stuff like Facebook, so I never noticed the absence of Canadian English there. Maybe I am not noticing it elsewhere as well.

Interestingly enough, Facebook has options for Canadian French and France French (which, despite differences in speech, are spelled virtually identically when you write them), but not Canadian English, which is actually a pretty unique hybrid of US and UK spelling.
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