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Not bad, Coop, not bad.

Charles Riggs
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Consider Bill Bryson's very amusing Short History of Nearly Everything . The edition I've just read is so laboriously Europeanised that it actually distracted me: I'd be happier reading a straight American version.

Is the American version different? Bill Bryson himself is fairly laboriously Europeanized (thanks, in part, no doubt, to the estimable Mrs.Bryson) that it may just be "his style".
(Every bugger on the planet will notice that idiosyncratic nay, eccentric use of "avail", though.)

.. and some of us who aren't buggers, too ...
Cheers,
Daniel.
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If I am writing an article about paper money, to a world-wide readership, including an uncertain number of Brits, Americans and Australians. Which spelling should I use: "cheque" or "check"?

1) Be consistent.
2) Write out the name of the element "Al" todetermine which spelling system to use.
GFH
Is the American version different? Bill Bryson himself is fairly ... .. and some of us who aren't buggers, too ...

No dount you (Mike or Daniel) can tell us all a shorter word that has the same meaning... If not, I'll happily continue to make good use of the word "avail".
Luke
Why didn't you say so before, then?

So that I'd waste lots of your time.
Luke
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As I said, check has many meanings. I get very confused when I gointo a restaurant in America and at ... the check and write out a check" The mind boogles- especially if you've had a spot too much wine...

You know of a restaurant in America that takes checks? Where is this singular establishment?
xicans.
The English are the worst. You do a deal with them and they send the wrong bridge and don't include the river.

The river is for sale too, if you want it...
Luke
When dealing with a term that could confuse the ... Maybe a contrast in spelling reflects a contrast in substance?

Yes, that's a good point, and I think it's another justication for writing "bank checks (or cheques)". The natue of the work in question is such that the reader may well enter the document at any point (rarely at the beginning), so establishing conventions at the beginning, in this case, is not much help. So I think I'll write "bank checks (or cheques)" everywhere that this form of paper money is mentioned in the work.
Thanks for your input.
Luke
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You know of a restaurant in America that takes checks? Where is this singular establishment?

If I told you, I'd have to kill you. ;-)
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