> In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Robin Chapman > <email@example.com> wrote: > >> Torkel Franzen wrote: >> >> > Robin Chapman <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: >> > >> >> What is "British spelling"? I am not familiar with that term. >> > >> > It is the spelling used in British English. >> >> What is "British English"? Still means nowt to me. >> >> >> Why change the subject anyway, which was about non-americans using >> >> americanisms instead of writing in standard English. >> > >> > There is nothing particularly "standard" about British English. >> >> Your persistent irrelevance is most baffling. I spoke of >> standard English, not "British English". > > I must admit to being puzzled here, Robin. I think I understand where > you're coming from about "British English"; the variety of English > spoken in Great Britain
There isn't just one.
> I'm ignorant in these English matters, so I would appreciate being > enlightened as to whether "standard English" would be recognized as > being one thing no matter where you are in England, Scotland, Ireland > etc. Is this term actually common?
> Is there, as you have implied by > your usage in this thread, a fixed standard?
There are de facto standards, not de jure standards.
-- Robin Chapman, www.maths.ex.ac.uk/~rjc/rjc.html "Elegance is an algorithm" Iain M. Banks, _The Algebraist_