[QUOTE=Virgil-TB2;1284277]The "British English" dictionary is a big one for me since I use English all the time.(Note to the Yanks, it's actually called "English" and "USA English" is the "weird sub-tongue")
Not to muddy the waters here but it is british English that has evolved in a less than stellar manner. If anything the US has helped to preserve English in it's historical form.
It's especially galling because Apple *still* doesn't have this right even in the main OS-X system. It has built-in capability for many languages, but the spelling dictionary simply can't be made to work with British English across all the applications in the system
If you where Apple would you want to support what many see as an abomination?
The british could go a long way to redeeming themselves if the could just get the use of "is" and "are" right.
This is primarily because Apple does the same thing with English that Microsoft does.
They don't treat it like a separate language, they treat it as a small series of variant spellings in the main "US English" dictionary. This means the default of the system and of the applications is always
"US English" even when you pick "British English" with a sub-routine of sorts applied so as to remember the alternate spellings. Needless to say this formula doesn't work very well at all. Many applications can't pick up the difference.
On top of that, you have to manually set the spelling dictionary on an application by application basis if you want to use British English spelling in it, and some apps don't even have an area to set that. This might be different if you set your entire system to "United Kingdom" by location, but it might have occurred to an Apple engineer that not all British English users live in the UK.
They also confuse the issue by providing these "regional" formats. Once you pick your country or region, you get the formats of that country and only those formats. This makes it exceedingly difficult to be an English speaking ("British English"), person in say, Canada. It also forces one to use metric for all system measurements if you pick a country where metric is the rule. why can't I pick my formats, as formats? Why force me into a series of formats based on location with no option to change them?
Been like this since OS 7.2 as far as I recall.
"USA-ians" in general are ignorant of the rest of the world IMO and have a special blind spot when it comes to the English language which they think of as "theirs." It's that sub-concious attitude that US English is actually the "real" English that's at the root of it
It is not a question of the people here thinking that the language is ours, contrary to what Europeans think we speak many here, it is just that we think the British have taken the language and screwed it up. Do realize to that due to the melting pot nature of the US we have a very malable version of English. British English on the other hand is very rigid and the result of to many acedemics with to much time on their hands.
In mathematical terms, you can't make a super-set into a subset of one of it's own sub-sets without expecting some serious complications.
Math and English don't really mix well. But this highlights what is wrong with British English. That is the desire to over study and process the language. Unfortunately this leads to constructs that are simply wrong.