I thought a lot about what I wanted to write about this week, and I finally came up with a great topic. Now we all know that English is a very complex language. But did you know that they’re so many different forms of English. Even in one of the most used programs in the world, Microsoft word, there is a total of 16 different variations of English. The most used widely include United Kingdom English, Australian English, and lastly American English. It got me thinking what is the right and wrong way to use the English language? Whether that be when you write or speak. Maybe everybody reading this can help me out as well.

Now some of the most common used words that have completely different spellings from American English include honor, utilize, and airplane, analyze, pajamas, license, rumor, gray, and lastly yogurt. For the Americans reading this you probably believe all the words I have written are spelled correctly and there is nothing else to it. For the Australians who are reading this, you all probably think I’m a complete moron and in theory neither one of these things are wrong.

Australian and United Kingdom spellings 101


Now most of my American readers probably are looking at this list the way I did at first. I didn’t understand what I was looking at either. These words are spelled so much differently than in the U.S. But the initial question I had asked before is whose right and whose wrong, or is there no answer for that question. English is a very complex and confusing language as many know. English is one of the hardest languages to learn for a multitude of different reasons. The first being the irregularities. English has some of the most complex rules however they all can be broken in a matter of seconds through spoken word.

An example of this would be a simple sentence like:
“I had a nice time with you tonight.”
Now this is completely wrong because ‘had’ is past tense. Simple enough, so we correct it by saying:
“I have had a nice time with you tonight.”

There so much better as you see. If I say to someone “I had” it automatically should be past tense, not in the moment of any event. “have had” is perfect tense meaning that the action or event started in the past but could be just terminating now. Well imagine you go on a date and then leave the restaurant is it wrong to say “I had” in the car ride home or is it only appropriate to use it once the date is completely over? Confusing right, well imagine trying to learn this in your written word but still struggling to speak it. Using the word “Had” instead of the two words “have had” is difficult for any non-English speaker to learn because past tense is vague when something has just ended. Now look I don’t want to proclaim I am all-knowing of the English language I make very simple mistakes as well which may or may not be in this blog post, but I do know English needs to continue to become unified.

No need to argue with me about spelling, lets come up with a solution that benefits everybody. Let those 15 different English variations found on the Microsoft merge and become one, without taking the integrity away from it. I know I will probably get hate mail from this but 15 different variations of the same language on Microsoft word makes no sense to me. But then again what do I know I spell center with the “r” at the end, and I believe the color gray is spelled with the an “a” and not an “e”. So all you Aussies can appreciate this or tell me I have no idea how to spell or write, but at the end of the day aren’t we all just speaking and writing English. See you all next week!

Check out this link to see all the differences!