+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    1,363
    Thanks
    467
    Thanked
    357
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts

    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!!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Qld
    Posts
    26,930
    Thanks
    2,736
    Thanked
    6,744
    Reviews
    2
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 postsDiamond Star - 20,000 posts
    I believe that's more of an older spelling that's not really used anymore (except when talking about old prisons)... ?

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to SassyMummy For This Useful Post:

    Guest1234  (02-04-2012)

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    399
    Thanks
    149
    Thanked
    205
    Reviews
    0
    I agree it should be spelt "gaol"! Sadly, though, I think this spelling has been largely lost and is hardly used any more.

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    1,363
    Thanks
    467
    Thanked
    357
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    But if we were being technical, this is the Australian spelling (though largely been phased out due to heavy American spelling influences?)???

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    14,057
    Thanks
    1,875
    Thanked
    2,608
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    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.

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    399
    Thanks
    149
    Thanked
    205
    Reviews
    0
    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

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    399
    Thanks
    149
    Thanked
    205
    Reviews
    0
    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

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    somewhere between a rock and a hard place
    Posts
    1,215
    Thanks
    127
    Thanked
    335
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Someone please educate me on aeroplane and airplane? I have seen them both in books, are they interchangeable??

  10. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    10,618
    Thanks
    905
    Thanked
    1,482
    Reviews
    19
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    I always just write 'prison' because both jail and gaol feel wrong (jail - too American, gaol - too old fashioned).

  11. The Following User Says Thank You to MothersMilk For This Useful Post:

    squirrelex  (03-04-2012)

  12. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    1,363
    Thanks
    467
    Thanked
    357
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    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


 

Similar Threads

  1. Where's the spelling & grammar vent thread gone?!?
    By 4fullstop in forum General Chat
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 01-09-2013, 18:05
  2. Spelling and Grammar Vent Thread #2
    By Savingfishfromdrowning in forum General Chat
    Replies: 735
    Last Post: 13-02-2013, 20:38
  3. Spelling and Grammar Vent Thread
    By Savingfishfromdrowning in forum General Chat
    Replies: 974
    Last Post: 06-01-2012, 10:31

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
FEATURED SUPPORTER
Little Kickers NSWLittle Kickers was launched in 2002 in the UK and arrived Down Under in 2009. Our motto is “Play not Push” and we ...
REVIEWS
"Pigeon teats rule!"
by Alex
Pigeon PP Wide Neck reviews ›
"Wonderful natural Aussie made product!"
by Mrstwr
Baby U Goat Milk Moisturiser reviews ›
"Replaced good quality with cheap tight nappies"
by Kris
Coles Comfy Bots Nappies reviews ›