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    Default Spelling/grammar **spin off***

    The spelling thread prompted this one. Australian vs American spelling is a killer in this day and age of autocorrect and spell check... And to be specific i would like to raise an age old argument between DH and I.
    Australian spelling of jail is gaol.
    Tell me I'm right so I can rub it in his face!!!

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    I believe that's more of an older spelling that's not really used anymore (except when talking about old prisons)... ?

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    I agree it should be spelt "gaol"! Sadly, though, I think this spelling has been largely lost and is hardly used any more.

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    But if we were being technical, this is the Australian spelling (though largely been phased out due to heavy American spelling influences?)???

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    There is a difference. Gaol is a noun only, and jail is a noun and a verb. It's correct to 'jail' (imprison) someone, and put them in a gaol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waitingfornumber2 View Post
    But if we were being technical, this is the Australian spelling (though largely been phased out due to heavy American spelling influences?)???
    I would say "yes" to this. Definitely. You win!!! Hope you had a bet with your DH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bell & Bug View Post
    There is a difference. Gaol is a noun only, and jail is a noun and a verb. It's correct to 'jail' (imprison) someone, and put them in a gaol.
    Really? Well, this I did not know. You learn somethin' every day

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    Someone please educate me on aeroplane and airplane? I have seen them both in books, are they interchangeable??

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    I always just write 'prison' because both jail and gaol feel wrong (jail - too American, gaol - too old fashioned).

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    Quote Originally Posted by swizzlestick View Post
    Someone please educate me on aeroplane and airplane? I have seen them both in books, are they interchangeable??
    Good question, I kind of use both lol.

    As for noun/verb I didn't realise that but it makes sense. Thanks for educating me


 

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