We can blame (or thank) Noah Webster for the differences between American spellings and those of the rest of the world. When compiling his first American dictionary, he arbitrarily decided to simplify some spellings. Since his dictionaries were the most widely distributed in the U.S., those spellings became standard here. Personally, I think he should have left well enough alone, but others may think otherwise with no argument from me.<quoted text>
When you've run out of ammunition and realize your points = zero, you resort to grammar and you fail even at that, since you're dense enough to forget it's your OWN grammar you're criticizing.
Plough vs. plow
In American and Canadian English, plow is the preferred spelling of the farm implement and its related verbs. Plough is the preferred spelling in all other varieties of English.
The spelling distinction applies to all senses of the word, including figurative ones. British and Australian writers always use plough, along with ploughed and ploughing; American and Canadian writers always use plow, plowed, and plowing. Both spellings are pronounced the same.
Contact the publisher with any dispute:
You introduced the spelling,plough, to the forum, airhead - not me.
In the United States, we spell it plow, which is correct, and we normally don't spell over here to please limeys. But, to patronize and condescend to you, I spelled it your way because I didn't know if you had enough sense to know what plow meant. I still don't know if you do. Probably not.
You're a number one idiot, and idiot is spelled 2 ways:idiot and / or Khatru.
And God, the creator, is capitalized. And our currency says IN GOD WE TRUST. We don't disgrace any note here by defacing it with Darwin's picture
However, it's correct to spell atheism and atheists with lower case a, because they are indeed LOWER case or lower class, lol. And in that low class, you're the dregs that settled to the bottom.
Webster, as a devout Christian, also had strong feelings about atheists, which he also incorporated into his dictionaries, and since much of society agreed with him at the time, his departure from more modern standards of lexicography went unchallenged during his lifetime. But the definitions in Webster dictionaries remain biased to this day and should be discounted by all thinking lexicographers and fans of the English language in general. Just as Judaism is better defined by Jewish scholars than by Nazis or skinheads, Catholicism by the Vatican than by the KKK, and Islam by mujtahids than by rednecks, atheism is best defined by atheists themselves.
Webster was an amazing man who did much to encourage literacy and scholarship in the U.S. as it was developing as a distinct d culture, but, like most of us, he was far from perfect. He was very opinionated and did not hesitate to wield his considerable influence well past the point of wisdom. For better or worse, we're probably stuck with his spellings. But we don't have to carry his 19th century prejudices into the 21st.