Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I Acknowledge I Have a Problem with This

We just wrapped up our summer intern cycle at ConAgra Foods [1], and I noticed a pattern in the final presentations.  All the presentations I observed used the words "Acknowledgements."  According to the dictionary, this is the British spelling of the word.  If you're going to add that extra e, then you might as well put a discussion of the latest rumours on your "shed-yule".
I suspect that this British spelling slips by because the base word is spelled acknowlege acknowledge, and the extra e doesn't look out of place the way that extra u in rumours does to American eyes.

[1]     Information on internships at ConAgra can be found here.  The main opportunities are in food science, but other interested parties are welcome to apply.

4 comments:

  1. I withhold judgement on this issue.

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  2. You purchase your Sue Grafton books from the UK, don't you? ( http://www.amazon.co.uk/J-Judgement-Kinsey-Millhone-Mysteries/dp/0330333402/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1313157316&sr=8-1 )

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  3. You made a typo. You wrote "...the base word is spelled acknowlege..."

    Anyway, I always find it funny when people write something about spelling/misspellings and then they themselves make a typo.

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  4. Glad I made your day, kritikalmass3.

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