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Friday, 14 February 2014

Birdcages....

Here's another card made with those pretty die cut borders that I picked up in the wedding aisle of Hobbycraft.....




Here's a question. Every time I write a post, blogger underlines stuff that I know is correct, irritating. It just doesn't accept English English. I thought of this when I was stamping the sentiment for my rainy day card for Letraset yesterday - you make me happy when skies are grey......clearly a UK stamp, in the USA it would be gray. So I write flavour, you write flavor, I write fibre, you write fiber, I write humour, you write humor, I write licence, you write license...............and so on.

 It occurred to me that all my American blog friends must think that I am rubbish at spelling, and it set me musing about how this came about. Did the pilgrim fathers hop off the Mayflower and say 'thank heavens we left the old country, now we can do away with the ridiculous U in colour, it's no use to anyone, and frankly little Isiah needs a bit of help with his reading. Let's make it easy.....' Or was there some high level meeting in the White House, where Abe Lincoln said 'I am issuing a decree that in future we will write words exactly how we say them. Enough of this British nonsense. We are American'

I have to say, that American spellings make a lot more sense than our British versions, but one thing always bugs me when I go over the pond. Why on earth do you all call herbs 'urbs' - what's happened to that poor little H? I mean, you say 'hearts' and 'here' and 'happened'. What did urbs herbs do to warrant a h-less downgrade? Just wondering.....

Enough of my ramblings. Have a great start to the weekend, enjoy Valentines day. See you tomorrow x  

32 comments:

  1. Your card is great as usual. I am laughing so hard at your herb question and have a funny story to back it. I work with two gentlemen name Herb (short for Herbert) we hired a new kid who, for the life of me, insisted on calling both of them Urb. I finally snapped at him one day that I am very doubtful their mother named either of the Urbert. One of the Herb's and I still laugh about it to this day.

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  2. Oh my, here I go drooling over more die cut borders. Gorgeous. I can't answer your musings over our different spellings. LOL

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  3. Oh my Gosh......You put me in a coughing frenzy....ROTFLOL.
    Now I can't hardly see to type...
    You are to funny but I must say you have some good points!!! :)

    I love this card.
    I love the white on white and I love these dies.
    I don't think we have any Hobby Crafts around here.
    Thanks for a good laugh but now must go find my inhaler :)

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  4. Don't get me started on the misuse of English - Americans and Australians have bastardized both in spelling and pronunciation a
    perfectly good language .
    In India and Sri Lanka English is spoken beautifully . Going for a countryside walk I was asked if I could cope with UNDULATING ground . Most people wouldn't know what this word means.

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  5. Fab card, love that border, do have a bit of a thing for birdcages, don't know why as I would never keep a bird indoors. I agree with the spelling, a lot of it makes more sense in the US

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  6. Beautiful card Enfys - those die-cuts are fabulous; aren't they.

    That is one of my gripes with 'spellchecker' so I always have a dictionary next to my PC...sometimes those underlines even make me doubt me.

    Toni xx

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  7. Well, it's the erbs that add to the flavor which makes your humor even more amusing. Us Brits just like to confuse everyone with our spellings! Pat x

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  8. I once read a Bill Bryson book that reckons the American spellings of words are the same as "ours" were when the Pilgrim Fathers set sail, and the Americans have preserved the language while we have changed it. There could be something in it - but if there is, can you imagine us Brits ever admitting that we are wrong????

    Anyway, back to the craft, and yet again you've discovered treasure in an unexpected place in Hobbycraft! I really must get myself out of the habit of only going to the papercraft section of the store.

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  9. Hi Enfys, I just wanted to say your post made my day and I'm still giggling as I writ this. Oh how right you are, I have always wondered what happened to the letter u. I mean just take aluminum foil, which I hear refereed to as aloomimum. Thanks again for touching on a subject I have often wondered about and doing it in such a humorous way.

    Vickyx

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  10. Oh my goodness, you crack me up! Again, this am I almost sprayed coffee all over my monitor!

    Love, love, LOVE your card! Just beautiful!

    So as I begin my day, thank you for the daily dose of creativity and starting my day off with a smile!

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  11. So funny Enfys. I always wondered about that very same thing. I think it was Presidential decree, seems to be popular.
    The card is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Love your die cuts and gorgeous card.
    I just take it that Blogger is American and ignore its red lines!

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  13. When I was younger, I wondered at the spelling changes from British to American English. But since I read many British authors, I often spell things your way, because I'm used to seeing it that way. I have often wondered why the make that little h silent? Never made sense to me. lol Love the card and those cute little bird cages are wonderful. Thanks for the chuckles. Jess

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  14. Beautiful creation Enfys and love the die cut and your design is gorgeous.
    Hugs Linda

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  15. You are toooooo funny Enfys!! How do you come up with these thoughts!! You always make me laugh with your ramblings! Anyway..love the blue & white! Love the birdcages!

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  16. Beautiful project and loved the a spelling commentary too!

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  17. Love your card! Amusing and interesting about our "English".
    Nancy Jr

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  18. Beautiful card. I have always lived in the US but for some reason I spell "grey" instead of "gray". Don't have a clue why just like have to slow way down & think on typing the work porch. I want to type proch.
    Donna K U

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  19. Yes... the spelling has always been amusing to me. As for herbs... how do you say honor (honour)? I don't believe you use the h sound...right? Maybe that is why we say 'urbs'. :-)

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  20. Very pretty card! I agree with you on spelling and pronunciation. It drives me gnuts! Ha, ha. See what I did there?

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  21. Enfys, you are so funny! I just love reading your posts!

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  22. Beautiful card full of lots of lovely details with those bird cages so effective toox

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  23. Well,Enfys, both Americans and the British have words like enough, through and though. Each spelled with -ough, but each pronounced differently! I don't know how anyone can actually learn it as a second language!

    BTW, gorgeous card. Those die-cut borders are really lovely!

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  24. Fabulous card and your observations are funny and so true! xx

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  25. LOL! Part of my affinity with your blog is its "Britishness". I love the way your language is the same, yet differen -- Don't change a thing!!! And your card is beautiful.

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  26. LOL! Part of my affinity with your blog is its "Britishness". I love the way your language is the same, yet differen -- Don't change a thing!!! And your card is beautiful.

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  27. I love your blog, and because I rarely have time for crafting the reason I love it most is for the shear "Britishness" of it. The card is beautiful, but you are the reason I like the blog.

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  28. Gee! those die cut borders are super. Wish they were available in my area.

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  29. Love your card Enfys, wish we could get those borders here in the States. They are so elegant!
    You may not believe this, but I just had that same discussion with my kids about the spelling of the different words. Growing up in South Africa, we write (and speak) very much like the British. I too wonder what caused the change in the spelling of English words. It would also make more sense to take out the 'k' in knife and knee and the 'g' in gnome :-)
    Hugs,
    Lena
    Lena’s Creations

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  30. More gorgeous boarders!!! and I always thought the American English was a lazy short cut...lol but it is called ENGlish....and here's another twister..spanish names the J is pronounced as a H..so who is really speaking correct english..I have so many red lines on my comments it's a "oh well" moments

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  31. The card is beautiful as always !!
    I just love the story about the spellings ! I grew up in London and Africa where they spell like they do in England. Sometimes I still forget and revert back to the spellings I grew up with. My husband just insists it's just my dreadful spelling and I have to go find a dictionary to prove my point ! :)
    Anna N.

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I love reading your comments, thank you for taking the time
Enfys x