Terence George Craddock (Spectral Images and Images Of Light)

Judgement Of A Word - Poem by Terence George Craddock (Spectral Images and Images Of Light)

Global internet on line
American spelling machine?
When searching online

will flag British judgement
as spelling incorrect
will insist on US judgment

yet is this judgement correct?
Both judgment and judgement
occur with equal frequency set?

One spelling English one American
what a bother when both are correct?
Will you your online dictionary update?

Your own personal ‘judgment call' abridgment?
This choice spelling inconsistencies will assist?
Still wondering why the two spellings resist?

To this question trade English American
politics dark flavours a colonial twist?
War of 1812 sabres parent British patron.

Oxford English Dictionary preferred
judgement a war of words is absurd.
1812 fosters nationalism independent.

Judgement remained form sanctioned
in the Bible in new Revised Version.
Older English spelling recommended.

Shakespeare plays judgment US spelt.
Judgement rules British English text.
Rule is spell consistently either is best.

Copyright © Terence George Craddock

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 18, 2012

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