"8 Easy DIY Projects We Wish We’d Thought Up" - but YOU did!

Awesome news, guys* - Wired blog ran an article on 8 Easy DIY Projects We Wish We’d Thought Up, and most of them were thought up by the members here!

Congratulations to enero, amandaghassaei, timwikander (twice!), replayreb, and randofo.

(Dang, the "American" thing is catching!)

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canucksgirl4 years ago
Well done guys* :-)

So its been what... 40 hours and your already losing your British? lol :P
Kiteman (author)  canucksgirl4 years ago
Haha, I think it's more that I hadn't realised what Americanisms I use.

(I am having to teach the spell-checker on this computer the correct use of the letters S and Z in words like "realise", and some evil person has swapped over the @ and " symbols on the keyboard as well!)
lol... Try dealing with Canadianisms...

We describe our height in feet and inches. We measure things with our rulers in centimeters. We might tell you how far something is in yards, but mainly in feet or kilometers... Don't even get me started on spelling. We spell "neighbour" this way (and spell check hates that). :P
Kiteman (author)  canucksgirl4 years ago
That is the correct spelling for neighbour. I have just informed this spell-checker of that fact.
I'm sorry but I think you are mistaken. The correct spelling is "neighbor." :P
@Brockley: I'm American by naturalization but Scots by birth and early education, and by golly I'm going to spell every word the correct way no matter who approves or not. :): neighbour, colour, favour--

A few years ago I decided to do so in everything I write and it's actually catching on! I've been informed by several who read my writings that my Britishisms bring 'class' to their blogs whenever I comment. Facebook is another good way to quietly express myself.

The thing is--spellchecker's a pain if you want to have your words spelled properly, instead relying on good old-fashioned speed and proofreading. It's better for you anyway--hones your writing and reading skills.

Americans are those who abbreviated everything--they removed the 'u' from the 'our' words, and the 'i' from aluminium. Spelling words the British (and Canadian) way is considered correct everywhere else in the World. I'm no stickler--I'd never correct another for leaving out the 'u', but this is what works for me and I've had nothing but positive feedback.

"my Britishisms bring 'class' to their blogs"

Are you sure it's really your Britishisms, and not the mere fact of correct spelling at all?


Kiteman (author)  Brockley4 years ago


Origin: Old English nēahgebūr, from nēah 'nigh, near' + gebūr 'inhabitant, peasant, farmer' (compare with boor)

It's our word, so we shall jolly well decide how to spell it!
Jayefuu Kiteman4 years ago
You on the PC by the stairs? I never bothered to correct its poor spelling, I just ignored it :D Silly americans ;)
Kiteman (author)  Jayefuu4 years ago
I'm on the taller desk on the corner, facing Wade.
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