The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #132499   Message #4092296
Posted By: Steve Shaw
09-Feb-21 - 09:57 AM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
I think you'll find that the American "aluminum" has the greater claim to be the "correct" spelling. However, if it's wot millions say...

Another weird one is licorice/ liquorice, (or, up north, liquorish ("lickerish!"). I suspect that the spelling more popular in the US, licorice" is "more correct" if the etymology is consulted, but in the UK it's more likely to be rendered "liquorice." The vulgar-sounding "liquorish/lickerish" actually goes back hundreds of years. If enough people use them, they're all "correct," though some raise hackles more than others. It pays to be not too imperialistic when claiming correctness in a spelling...