Reader Cindy wrote in to correctly chastise us for our incorrect spelling of ‘Department of Defence’. We spelt it the American way yesterday, defense.
the ottawan uses Canadian spellings but sometimes, man, Canadian spellings can do a number on your head. Honour, not honor but use honorary. Analyse not analyze but A to Zed. Then we have words like traveller. Or is it traveler? Traveller is more fussy, so it is probably the right one.
Of our own volition, we respect French accents on names like Québec or Orléans but then write Gatineau transit authority rather than la Société de transport de l'Outaouais just so readers understand what we are talking about.
Then there is the Ottawa Valley accent and vocabulary. But we’ll give ‘er a go some other day before puttin' er in the rhubarb.
– Martha and Darren
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