How do I make my Mac British?

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  1. Balli macrumors 6502

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    My computer's spell check always seems to want me to use American spelling, how do I make him more British?
     
  2. Unorthodox macrumors 65816

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    Do yo mean words like that are spelt differently? Like "coulor".
    If you right click in a misspelled word you can select "learn spelling", and your computer will remember that word.
     
  3. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Find the application you want British spelling in, if it's one that uses Mac OS X' built-in spell checker, like Safari, Mail, TextEdit, etc, this is always found in the Edit menu -> Spelling -> Spelling... and then choose British English.

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    If you correct this for one of the applications, it remembers it for all...

    If it's other applications, like Firefox and Word, methods might vary, just specify which you want help with... :)
     
  4. TEG macrumors 604

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    Change your language in the International preference pane.

    Plus, this has been asked and answered many times before, and is available in the Apple help file.

    TEG
     
  5. neonblue2 macrumors 6502a

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    lol, "coulor". It's spelt colour.
     
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    How do I make my Mac British?

    Boil it, serve with Mint sauce & black pudding. And tea.
     
  7. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    Ah, just like home cooking.

    You can always trust a country that spells Colour properly ;)
     
  8. Unorthodox macrumors 65816

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    I knew there was a "u" in there somewhere.....
    It should be spelt "color" anyway.
    You might as well spell "motor", "motour" while you're at it.
     
  9. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    How quickly one forgets the history of ones language, French > English > USA. :rolleyes:
     
  10. Bern macrumors 68000

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    Does that mean we should spell it Umerican like "up" ? :rolleyes: It's called english for a reason.
     
  11. mac-convert macrumors 6502a

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  12. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    That's enough.... Frenchie!
     
  13. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    USA>Canadian> Australian lol :p
     
  14. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    Well OK, from what I recall,

    French (and most of Europe at one time or another) > UK >

    >USA
    >Australia
    >Canada (nice mix of British, French, German and Russians who banded together to stop the Americans taking over the spelling of Colour!)

    :p :p
     
  15. GITANAJAVA macrumors regular

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    Oy, unclench, TEG. Asked and answered before, no doubt, but with such witty repartee? The black pud and tea reply kept me laughing -- well done! :D
     
  16. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

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    Classic.
     
  17. danjames99 macrumors member

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    I had luck with smearing Marmite into the superdrive. That usually does it.
     
  18. beatsme macrumors 65816

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    I think that the electronics are probably too reliable for it to ever be truly British :p
     
  19. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000

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    Well considering very few English speakers had emigrated to North America at the point of the largest reformation in the history of the language English, you can only assume a lot of those who arrived already spelt it "colour" and changed several aspects of the language, including this.

    There isn't strictly a right or wrong, but I would tend to side on English English in this case, (remember, you can still have Scottish and Welsh English within Britain). Also, since mass immigration also leads to language and pronunciation evolution and divergence, you can't preserve any one way of speaking forever.

    As ever, I point to wikipedia as a good source on this topic: American English.
     
  20. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a

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    The spelling system of English was never phonological, but entirely historical. Native speakers of phonetically orthographic languages such as Spanish often find the idea of learning to spell amusing. Learners of English are usually dumbfounded as to why we spell words like "rough, plough, through, and though" the same, but pronounce them differently. The many inconsistencies between spelling and pronunciation result from regional dialects in England developing independently prior to the inventing of the printing press, which froze our spelling habits in its current state rather than alleviating the differences. Words in Old and Middle English were spelt differently from region to region, and even by the same authors in the same works!

    So basically, tell your teacher to go shove it when they circle spelling mistakes. There is no phonetical precedence for spelling 'correctly' in English other than for helping foreigners learn the language. Our phonetics are so ****ed up that 'proper' spelling should be considered trivial. Back in 11-dickety-something, if you were from Northumbria, and read something written in London english, you'd probably have no idea how to read it. Considering that, spell your English however you please.
     
  21. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a

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    What's ironic too is that a lot of grammatical forms that are no longer used in England today are still used in America, due to the 'snapshot' of the language taken to the New World at the time.

    One of my English friends thought it was very sexy when I said words like "gotten", as in "I had gotten sick the other day", as she would never use that form of the word. :D
     
  22. Unorthodox macrumors 65816

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    So I put the "u" after the wrong "o", ha ha.
     
  23. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

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    Sorry to offend, I just find it quite interesting that an American doesn't know the British way of spelling, when most Brits will know American equivalents to our words. For example, a lot of Americans won't know what a courgette or aubergine are, but I've always known what a zucchini and eggplant are.
     
  24. abrooks macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. Just like World Series Baseball, that gets me everytime *chuckles* :D
     
  25. JRM PowerPod macrumors 6502

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    Hey give us Aussies a fair go, we spell colour properly, it's these Americans that don't understand, poor souls. The 'our' sound in colour is nothing like the 'or' sound in motor.
     

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