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Post by NightSwimming on Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:04 am

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Spoilt or spoiled?
e.g. Happy birthday Mr/s. X, hope you're spoilt/spoiled rotten.

Spelt or spelled?
e.g. That word is spelt/spelled wrong.

It usually happens that I use one and it says to use the other, vice versa. It's been driving me mental all year!

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Re: English Spelling.

Post by Furburt on Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:32 am

Over here, we say spelled/spoiled. Think England's the same.

Make of that what you will.

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Re: English Spelling.

Post by reg42 on Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:29 pm

It's -ed for both

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Re: English Spelling.

Post by Pararaptor on Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:41 pm

Spoilt should be fine shouldn't it? Spelt actually has an independent meaning from spelled, I think, but this isn't the case for spoilt.

It really doesn't matter that much though.
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Re: English Spelling.

Post by Furburt on Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:58 pm

Spelt is a type of wheat, I think.

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Re: English Spelling.

Post by MilkyFresh on Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:32 am

It seems to vary word to word.

Learned and learnt mean different thing for example, as do dreamed and dreamt. Both real (non american) English words with slightly different meanings that are quite hard to explain.

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Re: English Spelling.

Post by NightSwimming on Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:45 pm

I know I usually type -ed first, but spell check always tries to correct it. It's nice to finally know what's most acceptable.

@ Milky - do you mean learned/learnt&dreamed/dreamt have different meanings within past & present time frames, or has their been a secondary meaning to them all along?
It does kind of explain an element of the spoilt/spoilled conundrum but I wouldn't have thought they were based on tense.

@ Para - great answer, clear in my head now. Gold star!


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Re: English Spelling.

Post by MilkyFresh on Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:47 pm

It goes something like this.

"I dreamt about a horse"

"I have dreamed about a horse"

Something called superior tense I think, I don't really remember. The difference between the two words is very minor.

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Re: English Spelling.

Post by MilkyFresh on Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:48 pm

"I learnt how to spell"

"I have learned how to spell"

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Re: English Spelling.

Post by MilkyFresh on Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:48 pm

And, I'd guess.

"I spoilt my child"

"I have spoiled my child"

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Re: English Spelling.

Post by MilkyFresh on Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:53 pm

Looking into it, I seem to have been misled.

"Learnt" is British and "learned" is American. I thought it would have been the other way around... Really keen to find the source for what I was talking about before though. It was probably some archaic shit.

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Re: English Spelling.

Post by Furburt on Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:55 pm

I bet you made it all up in an AIDS induced fever dream.

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Re: English Spelling.

Post by MilkyFresh on Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:57 pm

It seems likely. Also: yes, tinnitus!


It's a joke because Future of the Left gave me tinnitus and yes, tinnitus is an album by Shooting at Unarmed Men who are the other offshoot of Mclusky, along with FOTL. Good jokes don't need explaining.

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Re: English Spelling.

Post by NightSwimming on Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:23 am

Oh God! Yeah I totally understand what your saying and its actually providing a really good conversation topic right now.

We figured out its past-active and past-passive spelling.
"I have learned how to spell." meaning you've gained the skill and is still in use?

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