View Full Version : Watercolor or Watercolour ?

07-02-2001, 06:56 AM
Which one ?

Why ?

Does it really matter ?:rolleyes:


07-02-2001, 07:37 AM
The samething happen to me when I posted "Cape Elizabeth Light"

Just reload the image again after you preview it before posting to the forum. You can post it to this thread as a reply as I did.

I'm glad to be in such good company. :D


07-02-2001, 07:40 AM
Hi Rose,

No it doesn't really matter, :)

Watercolour is the english spelling which I use as Southampton, England was my birthplace.

Watercolor is the american spelling which is more common at wetcanvas as most members live in the USA.


07-02-2001, 10:12 AM
I'm clear on watercolor or watercolour but what confuses me is grey or gray :confused:

07-02-2001, 01:59 PM
Either one is acceptable in both cases :D

Sometimes I myself use grey and othertimes I use gray. LOL.

07-02-2001, 01:59 PM
Originally posted by ameliajordan
I'm clear on watercolor or watercolour but what confuses me is grey or gray :confused:
Again, that's a Canadian or British/ American thing. I'm sure there's some deep significant history to the spellings, but I don't know what it is! :confused:

It's the same thing with honour-honor, favourite-favorite, colour-color, etc.

Maybe Americans aren't as long-winded as the rest of us, so they use less letters? LOL :D

07-02-2001, 08:47 PM
I notice that with the words A Lot Americans spell it a one word ALOT I got into trouble at school for spelling a lot as one word. Alot isn't in the dictionary Allot is but not alot. So why do Americans spell it as one word. I might ask this in the Cafe.

07-02-2001, 10:26 PM
you say tomato, I say tomato, you say potato I say potato - tomato, tomato - potato da da da da - lets call the whole thing off! Personally I think we yanks have it made either spelling is correct. So when bored take your pick.

Rose Queen
07-02-2001, 10:27 PM
...as variously attributed to Twain, Churchill, Wilde (and probably half a dozen others), England (and, by extension, her once and former colonies) and America are two countries separated by a common language. :D

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07-03-2001, 07:11 AM
hmmm.... Gray is what is used for the name and grey is used for the colour. I use a memory thingy by linking the a in gray with the a in name :)) And we Canadians use colour, favourite, honour,the two words - a lot, Only time it is a pain is when you do searches online... then you should use both spellings so that you access all pages available :)

07-03-2001, 09:28 AM
alot isn't correct - we just use it. Now that I have a spell checker I've changed to "a lot". I think alot is like cause for because. Of course I live in the South and we have lots of different expressions :D

07-04-2001, 02:14 PM
On arriving in the US 6 years ago I was a tad dismayed at American spelling and usage of the "Queen's English" and would often lament "You guys are killing the language!" However after some ponderings I'm now amazed at how relatively intact it is, given the melting pot that the US is with folks arriving from shores from all over the world, each with their own language and dialect.

One thing that still gets me though is the American spelling of Aluminium as Aluminum and the associated pronounciation. For all other elements in the periodic table the -ium has been retained i.e. caesium, barium, magnesium etc etc. Last week a friend mentioned that the reason why the word aluminium was changed was a result of a spelling mistake in the first dictionary that was widely available in the US. Seems a bit of a long story but it's the best explanation I've heard so far.

Agree with Olika - use all derivations of a word when doing online searches.