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Yes, it's me again. As a recap for anyone who may not remember my various other posts: I'm an American writing a (what is turning out to be very long) fic set in England, London specifically, East End even more specifically, and I'm seeking assistance making the language sound authentically British. My current dilemmas stem from using a UK dictionary instead of US for my spellchecker, which for the most part is awesome but can sometimes be a little confusing.

1. Is it "mold" or "mould"? Not the green fuzzy stuff, but the verb, as in "molding out of clay". I asked some friends about this and one (from Australia) said mold, another (from Manchester) said mould, and a third (from Birmingham) said either. So can anyone here shed some light on how someone from London would spell it?

2. Is it "windshield" or "windscreen"? Australia votes the former, Manchester votes the latter. I would assume the friend from Manchester is correct, since Australia is a different continent after all, but I want to make sure.

3. Is it "footpath" or "pavement"? As before, Australia votes former, Manchester votes latter, and for the record I say "sidewalk". Again, just want to make sure.

4. On the subject of "any more": Over here we spell it as one word when we use it to mean "currently", as in "I don't work there anymore," and my spellchecker as well as all three friends agree that in the UK it's two words. However, the friend from Birmingham also mentioned something that caught me off guard, which is that over there it's not used to mean "currently", only "a larger amount". So "We don't carry that any more" wouldn't work, but "We don't carry any more of that" would. Thoughts? Is this a British thing that I have totally missed up until this point, or is it local to Birmingham, a northern thing, etc? Basically would someone from London use it in both instances, or just one?

That's it for now. Thank you guys so much--you're always so helpful. ♥


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Aug. 25th, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)
1. Moulding - you're refering to how the day is shaping up, therefore the word would come from the variation used as a 3D stencil, not the kind that grows on stale bread.

2. Windscreen.

3. A pavement is the slightly raised walk way along the side of a road; a footpath is usually off the beaten track, through a park or woods, for example.

4. Your friend from Birmingham is talking poppycock. "Anymore" can definitely be used in the context of "any longer", which is I think what you mean. The problem I have is with your use of the word "carry". Shops don't "carry" products, they "stock" them. You could say, "We don't stock those anymore" or even, "We don't have those anymore."

"Anymore" as one word would generally refer to a period of time, whereas "any more" would mean quantified value. It's "I don't drink coffee anymore" versus, "I don't want any more coffee".
Sep. 1st, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the delayed response time -- my Internet was down for a while.

Thank you so much! All of your answers were hugely helpful. :)
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