The Australian ex-model Turia Pitt suffered burns to 65 percent of her body, lost her fingers and thumb on her right hand and spent five months in hospital after she was trapped by a grassfire in a 100 kilometre ultra-marathon in the Kimberley. Her boyfriend decided to quit his job to care for her recovery. Days ago, in an interview for CNN they asked him:

“Did you at any moment think about leaving her and hiring someone to take care of her and moving on with your life?”

His reply touched the world:

“I married her soul, her character, and she’s the only woman that will continue to fulfill my dreams.”

In each of the above pairs, the first word is the preferred American spelling; the second word is the preferred spelling in British English.

Learned” can be both the past tense of learn and an adjective that means “educated, scholarly.” In that case, it’s pronounced [LUR-nid], e.g., At Berkeley, Henry tried to emulate his learned [LUR-nid] English professor.

If you’d like to see what other words are spelled/spelt differently between American and British English, read this article.


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maybe you don’t love me. maybe I’m not your number one, or the person you think of twenty-four/seven. but for me, I love you more than anything. you’re my number one thought, my number one everything. I’d give you the moon if you wanted it. I’d find a way.
—  excerpt from a book I’ll never write #88