I thought I knew most commonly used words that we and people of the US of A spell differently. I was reading a post by Dina and I noticed she used a word defense more than once. She does not normally make spelling errors or typos, unlike me, so I immediately thought, have I been spelling defence wrongly? Hah, my American spell checker just indicated I have.
But no, my spelling is not that bad. I know how to spell defence. Grrr, stop doing that spell checker. I refuse to add a word to you that is not a name.
I could do some online research but this time I thought it was best to pull out the Oxford. There is is, defence. I turned to defense and it referred me back to defence. Defense is listed under defence and marked with a asterisk. It is so long since I have picked up the dictionary, I forget what an asterisk means, but I would assume it would along the lines of 'alternative spelling' and/or 'American usage'.
So there you go. Now has anyone got a Webster and can check it? No online research please. I want the original. What does Australia's Macquarie say I wonder? Am I the last person to know that Americans spell defence as defense?