8/19/2010

I am rich in having such a jewel of a photo

Mr. Rewrite was going to take it easy on the first day of school – make fun of a misspelled sign, poke fun at Google News items making the same mistake and call it quits. Then he ran into a problem: This sign isn't misspelled in much of the world, such as Great Britain and the Commonwealth. See Ask Oxford's entry on jewellery, which lists this as the British English version.

Those of us on this side of the pond, however, should go with jewelry. Garner's Modern American Usage (cue angelic chorus) and Mr. Rewrite's other expensive reference books confirm it as the American English version.

Fortunately, Mr. Rewrite has an old shot of a sign misspelling jewelry without British English as its excuse:

And here's a link to the dozens of Google News items misspelling jewelry as jewelery.

Mission accomplished. Now it's time to get back to work.

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