Jewellery & jewelry

J for Jewellery. And for Jewelry. Just to complicate the Blogging from A to Z challenge.

What’s the difference? There is no difference other than the spelling: Jewellery is the British spelling, jewelry the American.

When you search online, you will get different results depending on the database you are searching in.

If you want to search the collections of Victoria & Albert Museum (UK) you get more hits for jewellery than for jewelry, and vice versa if you search the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (US).

So, in case you are getting hooked on this idea of exploring jewellery online, keep this difference in mind.

Mind you, the more we rely on automatic spellchecking, the more it depends on the settings on our computer. If we don’t watch out, we will all be gently directed towards a microsofty US spelling system, and before we know it we don’t know anymore how to spell jewellery the good old British way. Mind you, this may also just be some European paranoia…



6 thoughts on “Jewellery & jewelry

  1. A good and useful post. I would have thought “jewellry” is a misspelling. Point very well taken about the “microsofty US spelling system.” It’s important to know you get more UK hits with correct British spellings.

    • Sounds like a good idea to do that, to cover both. We are kind of “slaves of tagging” when we are online, aren’t we? It’s worst on Twitter, where you use up lots of characters if you want to tag both.

  2. Stopping by on the 12th day of the #atozchallenge. Having a good time today blog hopping, saying hi and moving on. If you have time or interest, I am writing about gardening and related topics this month. Come and visit.

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