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    Here's a quickie brain teaser for you, help please!

    How do I spell draft/draught?

    As in, when you feel a draft/draught through the window.

    It is for a Uni essay so please be sure you are right and it's English, not American, as the American way is 'draft' but I thought the English way was 'draught'?

    Thanks

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    its a draft of air and a draught of ale

    In British English the word is spelled draught in some senses and draft in others. It is draught beer, a draught horse, a draught meaning a current of air or a ship's minimum depth of water to float, and the game draughts - all of which retain the older spelling draught. The simplified spelling draft is used for a plan or sketch, for a preliminary version of a document and for the verb meaning to write it, for an order of payment, and for military conscription (although this last meaning is not as common as in American English). In the USA the spelling is draft in all these cases.

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    davelfc;1689980

    In British English the word is spelled draught in some senses and draft … In British English the word is spelled draught in some senses and draft in others. It is draught beer, a draught horse, a draught meaning a current of air or a ship's minimum depth of water to float, and the game draughts - all of which retain the older spelling draught. The simplified spelling draft is used for a plan or sketch, for a preliminary version of a document and for the verb meaning to write it, for an order of payment, and for military conscription (although this last meaning is not as common as in American English). In the USA the spelling is draft in all these cases.



    This is what I thought.

    I am a very good speller usually, but this one just looks odd to me, looks like drought but I am making an 'f' sound instead.

    Draught....

    You are right. Americans, generally, are not :whistling::whistling:

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    kyalion;1690103

    You are right. Americans, generally, are not :whistling::whistling:



    I know, my Microsoft Word drives me made with the spell checker.

    My Sister-in Law just trusts what it says and so ends up with words like apologize and estrogen, which I then have to go through and CORRECT!

    mrszerrouk;1690126

    I know, my Microsoft Word drives me made with the spell checker.My … I know, my Microsoft Word drives me made with the spell checker.My Sister-in Law just trusts what it says and so ends up with words like apologize and estrogen, which I then have to go through and CORRECT!



    Just change the Language in MS Word to English (U.K.) and set as default?
    Tools -> language -> Set language

    It's like Reading or reading.
    or Polish and polish

    Reading with a capital letter is the place... whereas reading without is when you read a book.
    Polish with a capital is the natives of Poland... whereas polish without is what you put on your shoes.

    Comes a bit of a problem when the latter are at the start of a sentence...

    Polish the Polish shoes...
    or Reading about Reading...

    Makes perfect sense but can become tricky to read.

    Just thought these were funny.

    More on the English language:

    - The bandage was wound around the wound.
    - The farm was used to produce produce.
    - The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
    - He could lead if he would get the lead out.
    - The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
    - Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
    - A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
    - When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
    - I did not object to the object.
    - There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
    - They were too close to the door to close it.
    - The buck does funny things when the does are present.
    - A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
    - To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
    - The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
    - After a number of injections my jaw got number.
    - Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
    - I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
    - How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

    melu;1690211

    Just thought these were funny.More on the English language: - The bandage … Just thought these were funny.More on the English language: - The bandage was wound around the wound. - The farm was used to produce produce. - The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse. - He could lead if he would get the lead out.- The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.- Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.- A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.- When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.- I did not object to the object. - There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row. - They were too close to the door to close it. - The buck does funny things when the does are present. - A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line. - To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow. - The wind was too strong to wind the sail.- After a number of injections my jaw got number. - Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear. - I had to subject the subject to a series of tests. - How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?



    It's weird cos when I read them through they make perfect sense, and I could say them with no trouble... It's amazing how the brain will interpret the words in context with the other words and the whereabouts within the sentence.

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    melu;1690159

    Just change the Language in MS Word to English (U.K.) and set as default? … Just change the Language in MS Word to English (U.K.) and set as default? Tools -> language -> Set language



    He he, I'm not feeling at all stupid right now :oops:

    Go on, have some rep!

    mrszerrouk;1690126

    I know, my Microsoft Word drives me made with the spell checker.My … I know, my Microsoft Word drives me made with the spell checker.My Sister-in Law just trusts what it says and so ends up with words like apologize and estrogen, which I then have to go through and CORRECT!



    mrszerrouk;1690245

    He he, I'm not feeling at all stupid right now :oops:



    Don't feel stupid...leave that to your sister-in-law

    donbreach;1690180

    It's like Reading or reading.or Polish and polishReading with a capital … It's like Reading or reading.or Polish and polishReading with a capital letter is the place... whereas reading without is when you read a book.Polish with a capital is the natives of Poland... whereas polish without is what you put on your shoes.Comes a bit of a problem when the latter are at the start of a sentence...Polish the Polish shoes...or Reading about Reading...Makes perfect sense but can become tricky to read.



    So nothing to do with that.
    draught
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