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I'm an American working for a British publisher, adhering to B.E. spellings. While reviewing a list of proof amends on the ms I'd edited, I saw that a proofreader had marked a change from 'practice' to 'practise'. I panicked, thinking this was an issue like ise instead of ize, so what did I do? Did a find and replace and marked all instance of 'practice' be changed on the pdf proof. The file was sent to the typesetter, who sent back a note essentially saying, 'Um, no.' And THEN I looked it up and realised B.E. uses 'practise' only for verbs, whereas A.E. does not distinguish, and it was only the single instance that the author had mistyped. Talk about feeling embarrassed!
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Mar 25, 2013