If it bothers you, it bothers me too

What am I talking about?


I was raised with British spelling.

  • Colour, not color.
  • Cheques, not checks.
  • Neighbour, not neighbor.
  • …and so on.

It’s not something I can change because I’d have to mentally stop myself from adding “u”s to my words, and there’s nothing #*$&#*% wrong with it.

… but here’s the thing.

Every time I spell things with a “u” or I write with British spelling, other people feel the need to point it out or correct me and it is extremely annoying.

It does NOT bother me that people spell things without a “u”, or they spell “cheque” as “check”. I don’t flippin’ care.

What does bother me is that people make a big deal out of it and say things like:

  • Oooo it annoys me off that you spell it like that with a “u”
  • Don’t you know that cheque doesn’t have a ‘q’ in it?
  • You know that’s wrong, right?

Seriously? STFU.

No one cares.


Deal with it.

You’ll never change people who spell the words that way, to spell it YOUR way to make you feel better, just as people who are just as annoyed at the other way of spelling in English are never going to change you!

What are you going to really do about it anyway?

So what, you’ll fly to Britain and tell the Brits who invented the modern English language that it annoys you that they spell things differently?

And really, in the grand scheme of things, who really gives a flying #*$#^ as long as it is spelled correctly in the style of the speaker/writer?

If it bothers you that I spell things the British way, then consider that it may bother me that you spell things the American way, but you know what?

I am not going to bring it up and shove it in your face and call it ‘annoying’, ‘stupid’ or ‘wrong’.

Stepping off my soapbox now.

About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.