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Very often, recently, I see people spelling "morale" as "moral" and "breathe" as "breath". Now these are four very different words as far as I can tell from my UK knowledge of the English language. Are "morale" and "breathe" truly spelled in these, to me, odd ways elsewhere in the world or are these just two more examples of different dialects of English spelling words in such strange ways that they look like very different words to me? According to dictionary.reference.com the "moral"/"morale" confusion may actually be an internationalisation confusion.



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brightlotusmoon
Apr. 10th, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
Nah, it's just people messing up grammar and spelling. Some people hear a word and try to write it without actually knowing the true spelling or correct grammar.
natf
Apr. 10th, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
Thank you - that is what I was assuming but dictionary.reference.com confused me with the pages for morale and moral.;-p
elyssa
Apr. 10th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
I would add to this that as an American I fully recognize the differences between the four words and it drives me nuts when people misuse them.
natf
Apr. 10th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
Thank you - I am glad it is not just me! although I was a little confused by the dictionary.reference.com page for "morale"…
brightlotusmoon
Apr. 10th, 2012 01:22 am (UTC)
Indeed. I'm American myself and it irritates me beyond reason, especially because I used to tutor kids in grammar and vocabulary.

It's like confusing "your" and "you're" but more confusing.

There is difference between, say, "Breathe deeply" and "Take a deep breath" or "Low morale" and "low moral standards."
elyssa
Apr. 10th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
Exactly! I tend to notice in my experience that in the case of breathe/breath, it is the "e" that is typically dropped. It is much more annoying to me as any of the your/you're and its/it's errors... they're totally different words with different pronunciations!
canyoncat
Apr. 10th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
They should not be spelled different ways. They are distinctly different words.
evilvillan_1
Apr. 11th, 2012 07:39 am (UTC)
Canadian grammar/spelling says:

Moral is associated with stories (the moral of the story...)
Morale is associated with feelings (the crew's morale was low...)

Breath is associated some expressions (a breath of fresh air...)
Breathe is to... well, breathe (to take in oxygen you have to breathe...)
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