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jayeless
jayeless

My honest opinion that I absolutely will not stand by if challenged by someone with coercive power over me is that English needs more flexibility to spell how you feel. I write “centre”, as is standard in Australian English, but “centring” looks so wrong compared to “centering”…

odd
odd

@jayeless I think centering sounds «right». I think that I have written both «centre» and «center» to refer to the same thing. Have to look that up.

jayeless
jayeless

@odd Exactly, "centering" sounds right! "Center" vs "centre" is an American/non-American English difference, but I really feel like the Americans have it right with the -ing form.

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lmika
lmika

@jayeless It's probably because I work with software, which comes with a lot of American spelling, but I tend to use "center" when describing the midpoint of something (center of gravity, center of the page), but "centre" when describing a location (shopping centre).

jayeless
jayeless

@lmika That makes sense to me! Kind of like (maybe not exactly like) using "disc" for the shape and objects in that shape, but "disk" for the storage medium.