they spelled colour wrong

Mogeko March Day 9 - Favourite Villain

lets be real here she’s probably the only villan that’s not a total douche bag

nopathfollowed  asked:

Sorry about all the drama here. Welcome to the tag. Don't take it personally- a lot of them get lots of asks about cleaning or they see illegal US bird collecting or what have you and it can get frustrating and they jump the gun. Happened before, will happen in the future, sadly. I'm guilty of doing it before, I admit. Because they're so entrenched in it, anyone who's newer is immediately seen as stupid. I think your hare came out pretty damn great. Bet your friend will love it.

I guess the weird thing is I am very clear about my location in my writing (I often reference the fact that I’m a Canadian who has lived in Denmark for a number of years), so it doesn’t take much to find out I don’t–and have never–lived in the United States. I reliably tag most of my nature photography with city/province/country/continent.

This isn’t the first time this has happened with Americans either. In the years I have run this blog, I’ve had long condescending essays written for me on everything from my Canadian spelling conventions (apparently I spell things like “colour” wrong!), to my writings about planting Christmas trees, programs for swapping seeds, making bee hotels for (my local) bee species, using SI units, to planting (native) European species (because they are invasive in a swamp in Florida or something).

It’s very, very tiring, and sometimes I wonder why people will take the time to write so much without reading.

Anyways, sorry about the rant, and thanks for your comments. I know it was a rush job with the project I was doing (I even wrote, quite clearly, that my process was not ideal!) but I am very happy with it, and so is the recipient.

anonymous asked:

[#1] Hello! I hope I don't come off as rude, since that's not my intention at all, I'd just like to ask about something if you don't mind =) I've seen you bring up Britishisms in your reviews a few times now and never really got what the purpose of that is supposed to be? It sounds like you're putting a warning on it, implying it's some sort of mistake, while it only makes sense that Brits(and whoever else isn't used to speaking American English) would use Britishisms at times.

[#2] I can see how that might bother the review personally and all in all it’s not that big of a deal, but I’m just wondering what the point is to include it into the official review considering we’d really get nowhere if the rest of us started complaining every time American spelling finds its way into a fic? Sorry for bothering and keep up the oh wow brilliant work! =)

We understand where you are coming from. It makes sense that a British author would write in British English. However, Supernatural is set in America, has American characters, and is an American canon. We do mention it as a warning since a lot of readers (and not just American readers) get thrown by American characters using British slang and/or idioms. We don’t typically warn if it is only spelling related (color/colour, organize/organise). However, even that is “wrong” if it is written from a character’s pov. That character is (most likely) American and to read them thinking with Britishisms is, well, odd. And yes people do complain about it.

If you’re only active in the Supernatural fandom, of course you are only going to see people complaining about Britishisms. If you head over to a British canon, you’ll see people complaining about Americanisms (see: Doctor Who, BBC Sherlock, and Harry Potter [only have personal experience with HP but assume the other fandoms deal with American authors not britpicking their fic]). Here are some links you might be interested in: Britpick and Ameripick.

A note about our reviews: They are written by a single person for other readers. We are not going up to authors, shoving our reviews in their face, and saying, “Fix this!” That would be dickish, to say the least. We write for other readers. Readers complain about Britishisms, so we warn when it’s more pronounced. We should also note that we don’t do this for every review since the mods come from different walks of life and only one is American (another is Canadian who has the pleasure of dealing with their country’s mishmash of Americanisms and Britishisms, lol; the final mod is ESL with a strong British English bias). The American mod is the one who points it out the most (because they notice it more easily) and, like it’s said above, only warns if it is pronounced (ie: they have to bust out urban dictionary/it’s not only spellings). How to figure out who reviewed what is explained on our about tag.

For example, there’s a certain fic we’ve all read. The review was done by the ESL mod and doesn’t mention Britishisms. However, when the American mod read it, the Britishisms severely detracted from their enjoyment of the fic (to the point that they almost stopped reading it). The Canadian mod noticed but it didn’t bother them too much. And yes, after it was posted, we had people asking for fics written by American authors (and how to avoid non-American authors/Britishisms). It would be one thing if it was an AU set in the UK. But American characters talking about primary schools, British cultural figures, torches, the boot of a car, phoning someone, things going pear shaped, etc etc, can really take you out of a story and detract from your overall enjoyment.

American bias definitely exists. However, that’s not what this is about. This is about authenticity. Supernatural is not only an American canon, but Americana is one of its focuses. So, yeah - the setting of a story matters. Wouldn’t you be upset if a fic set in a London-centric canon mentioned filling the car up with gas and grabbing french fries?