Recently, a few members of my writing group and I had a conversation about choosing between using American or Canadian spelling. As Canadians, we use British spelling. As Canadian writers, we often submit to American markets. I always use Canadian spelling in my writing, both academic and creative. Stephanie always uses American spelling, as she was taught during her journalism program. She also argues that if an American market chooses to publish our writing, it’ll be edited into American English anyways. This is true, but I still can’t bring myself to do it.
How do you choose which to use? As a proud Canadian and a stickler for proper spelling and grammar, I will probably always use British/Canadian spelling. Reading something that I know was written by a Canadian and finding American spelling makes my inner editor cringe a little. I know it’s still technically correct, which is why it’s just a little cringe.
Anyone have any thoughts on the topic?
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