Hi everyone, as you may know, I live in Australia. We use slightly different spellings of words such as colour, and favourite, and centre, to our wonderful friends in the United States. I write an article and the spell check keeps picking up these words. I am unsure what spelling to use, as the US market is large in my niche, so do us 'foreigners' just use the US spelling or not? I am unsure if it offends or irritates people or not. It would save me just spelling it one way. What do others do in this situation, and any experts have any answers?

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rosieM Premium
Go with being yourself....the world is in desperate need of adding a little colour to life
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Larry MaC Premium
Don't think it matters much. When I see it just tell me they are British. Or in your case Australian. It certainly doesn't offend me. Just makes me laugh at the rules and the meaninglessness of them. The meaning remains clear. English is as strange as the people who speak it.
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BeYou Premium
lol. i agree
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jeremy111 Premium
If your trying to use just one, I would go with the larger market. As far as offending, I'm in the U.S. and seeing color and favorite spelled differently does not offend or dissuade me at all.
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BeYou Premium
ok, thanks
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phydel Premium
Since your audience are US based like you said...simply go ahead and spell the words in the US format so that your audience can relate to it. And if the spell checker picks it up as been an error or wrong spelling, simply right click and choose the right spelling suggested from the list it provides
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BeYou Premium
good advice
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gadifi Premium
I use the us spelling I am a Canadian and we still have some words spelled differently my suggestion is US larger market
Willie
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BeYou Premium
thanks
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