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Old November 11th, 2012, 06:36 AM   #221

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Printing was expensive, so we lost the u
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Old November 11th, 2012, 10:04 AM   #222
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Haven't read through the whole thread, but there was a spelling reform commission around 1900. Not all of the reforms caught on, like "frater" for cargo ship. There are still lots of "Centre" Streets in the US, named before the reforms.
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I aint british and I prefer the colour over the color because the extra u makes me remember that "colour" in English sounds different than "color" in Spanish...
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Old November 18th, 2012, 04:17 AM   #224
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I aint british and I prefer the colour over the color because the extra u makes me remember that "colour" in English sounds different than "color" in Spanish...
A hard o followed by a hard u is closer to the correct pronouciation than just a hard o, if we were using the pronounciations of o and u in Spanish or Latin.
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A hard o followed by a hard u is closer to the correct pronouciation than just a hard o, if we were using the pronounciations of o and u in Spanish or Latin.
I speak Spanish as my mother tongue, there is nothing like a "u" sound in the word color...
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Old November 18th, 2012, 04:29 AM   #226

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In Virginia there are both a Centreville and a Centerville. My first marriage took place in Centerville and in the 1980's I lived in Centreville.
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I speak Spanish as my mother tongue, there is nothing like a "u" sound in the word color...
Right, but if you pronounce colour as in Spanish you get closer to the correct pronouciation than color in Spanish, although neither is correct.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 12:56 PM   #228
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The words originally were spelled by Latin pronounciations which are similar to Spanish pronounciations. "ou" was probably to give an accurate sound. Of course vowel sounds have changed. Also, these are Norman French words and most of them "ou" in French.
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I sometimes write color and sometimes colour, sometimes theater and sometimes theatre.

All this internationalism is making me go mad.

For some reason when I think of a movie (cinema) theater, I use -er, and with a show I think theatre.
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The words originally were spelled by Latin pronounciations which are similar to Spanish pronounciations. "ou" was probably to give an accurate sound. Of course vowel sounds have changed. Also, these are Norman French words and most of them "ou" in French.
The English pronunciation is closer to the French pronunciation to my ears... but I suck at English pronunciation
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