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    Hello everybody I'm currently writing MA thesis concerning Canadian English. My practical section of this dissertation is to involve the analysis of Canadian Vocabulary and I do need your help (especially of CANADIANS). I would be REALLY grateful if U could give me answers to the following survey:
    1. Which way of spelling do U prefer: odour/odor, colour/color, centre/center, foetus/fetus, licence/license, dialogue/dialog, jewellery/jewelry, criticise/criticize, formulae/formulas, tyre/tire, program/programme
    2.Do U ever use any of these words (if yes how often): serviette, chesterfield
    3. Which words do you use in everyday life: autumn/fall, biscuit/cookie, chemist's/drugstore, crisps/chips, football/soccer, garden/yard, lift/elevator
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    Hello Monia

    I'm not sure if you want my comments (I'm a BrE speaker), but here they are:

    1. odour, colour, centre, foetus, licence/license [both; former as noun, latter as verb], dialogue [except in an IT connection, where I would talk about a "dialog box"], jewelry, criticise/criticize [both: the former at work, the latter in my own time], formulae/formulas [both; the former in a scientific or technical context, the latter elsewhere], tyre, program/programme [both; the former in an IT context, the latter for e.g. tv programmes]

    2. serviette, chesterfield [neither]

    3. autumn, biscuit/cookie [both], chemist's, crisps, football, garden, lift

    All the best,

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    Quote Originally Posted by monia83 View Post
    Hello everybody I'm currently writing MA thesis concerning Canadian English. My practical section of this dissertation is to involve the analysis of Canadian Vocabulary and I do need your help (especially of CANADIANS). I would be REALLY grateful if U could give me answers to the following survey:
    1. Which way of spelling do U prefer: odour/odor, colour/color, centre/center, foetus/fetus, licence/license, dialogue/dialog, jewellery/jewelry, criticise/criticize, formulae/formulas, tyre/tire, program/programme
    odor, color, center, fetus, license, dialogue, jewelry, criticize, formulae, tire, program

    2.Do U ever use any of these words (if yes how often): serviette, chesterfield
    No. I say "napkin" and "couch" or "sofa"

    3. Which words do you use in everyday life: autumn/fall, biscuit/cookie, chemist's/drugstore, crisps/chips, football/soccer, garden/yard, lift/elevator
    I use both, but usually say "fall;" If I'm referring to an actuaL bisuit (such as the type you get served with sausage gravy for breakfast), then I say "biscuit." Otherwise, it's a cookie. Drugstore, chips, football (unless it's the game with men in little shorties kicking a round, black and white ball, then it's soccer). The garden is the part of the yard when flowers and/or vegetables grow. The yard is the grassy part of the property. Elevator.

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    Age: Only my birth certificate knows the truth
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    i know this is really late, but i had the urge to reply.
    1. Which way of spelling do U prefer: odour/odor, colour/color, centre/center, foetus/fetus, licence/license, dialogue/dialog, jewellery/jewelry, criticise/criticize, formulae/formulas, tyre/tire, program/programme

    i use odour, colour, centre.. even tho i sometimes spell it center, fetus (never seen foetus b4), licence/license(both), dialogue, jewellery/jewelry, criticize, formulas (even tho the dictionary insists it formulae(forCanE), tire never used tyre before, program/programme (even tho im wondering whats the difference), and favourite <-- for the record.

    2.Do U ever use any of these words (if yes how often): serviette, chesterfield

    never, dont know what they are. LOL do tell me if they mean napkin or couch or sofa.

    3. Which words do you use in everyday life: autumn/fall, biscuit/cookie, chemist's/drugstore, crisps/chips, football/soccer, garden/yard, lift/elevator

    autumn or fall (usually fall), cookie.. crackers maybe biscuit, drugstore, chips, soccer if its black and white, football if its ovally, garden for the little place you have back with veges and flowers, yard for the front (almost never for measurement) backyard for the backyard.., and elevator.

    Age: not telling, just leave it as under 15
    Sex: F
    Province and territory: ONTARIO~~~ W00T!
    Town/City: really close to Toronto.. GTA, prolly a town you guys never heard of although in Toronto you would.
    Education (primary/secondary/ higher education): erm. lets leave it as JHS. demoted down back to elementary, going to high school.

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    Originally Posted by monia83
    Hello everybody I'm currently writing MA thesis concerning Canadian English. My practical section of this dissertation is to involve the analysis of Canadian Vocabulary and I do need your help (especially of CANADIANS). I would be REALLY grateful if U could give me answers to the following survey:

    1. Which way of spelling do U prefer: odour/odor, colour/color, centre/center, foetus/fetus, licence/license, dialogue/dialog, jewellery/jewelry, criticise/criticize, formulae/formulas, tyre/tire, program/programme

    Odor; color; centre; fetus; licence if used as a noun, license as a verb; dialogue; jewelry; criticize; formulae; tire; program
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    2.Do U ever use any of these words (if yes how often): serviette, chesterfield

    No, not often. We use napkin, couch and sofa.

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    3. Which words do you use in everyday life: autumn/fall, biscuit/cookie, chemist's/drugstore, crisps/chips, football/soccer, garden/yard, lift/elevator

    We use both in all pairs except the following: chemistís; crisps and lift.

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    Age: Iím an old man
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