An author from New Zealand wanted to know if he should change his articles to the USA spelling of English vs. EU English.
I’ve always called what he is referring to as “Queen’s English”… You know what I’m talking about (minimise vs. minimize, organising vs. organizing, etc.). I used to think there was only American English vs. UK English, but according to the wikipedia, they list 16 different types of English:
* American English * Australian English * British English * Canadian English * Caribbean English * Commonwealth English * Hiberno-English * Hong Kong English * Indian English * Jamaican English, we be jam'n 'mon! * Liberian English * Malaysian English * New Zealand English * Philippine English * Singapore English * South African English
Back to the question: Which version of English is best to write your articles in?
Answer = Whichever country you want to get the highest distribution in.
If you want to increase your distribution in the USA, then write in American English style.
If you write in EU or Queen’s English, know you are targeting your article to have good distribution in Europe or other Commonwealth English recognizing countries.
It’s not about which style of English is best, but rather which style will get your articles the greatest distribution in your targeted country or regions of choice.
Get this: In addition to the 16 major types of English style, the Wikipedia also lists 27 different identified varieties of English:
English English, from people of England
Hong Kong English
Indian English, REMEMBER India people: Always one space after the period or comma.
Jamaican English, ya mon!
Mid Ulster English
New Zealand English
South African English
More info on English from the Wikipedia.
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