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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02-04-2012 21:21 #1
Spelling/grammar **spin off***
02-04-2012 21:25 #2
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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02-04-2012 21:27 #3
I agree it should be spelt "gaol"! Sadly, though, I think this spelling has been largely lost and is hardly used any more.
02-04-2012 21:38 #4
But if we were being technical, this is the Australian spelling (though largely been phased out due to heavy American spelling influences?)???
02-04-2012 21:43 #5-
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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.
02-04-2012 21:46 #6
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02-04-2012 22:00 #8
Someone please educate me on aeroplane and airplane? I have seen them both in books, are they interchangeable??
03-04-2012 06:28 #9has left the building
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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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03-04-2012 06:54 #10
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