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Surviving a Cancelled Flight 101: Getting the Spelling Straight

October 29, 2012 at 11:04 AM | by | ()

Now that Hurricane Sandy is upon the East Coast and canceling flights in droves, we're dedicating today to using all our travel know-how (and some on-the-fly advice, as half the Jaunted team is stuck at airports as well) to help you ride out the storm despite delayed travel. Stay tuned and stay safe!

Okay. You're stuck. You're frustrated, maybe even angry, and you're going to tweet/facebook/(name any other social media network here) it out. Better get your spelling straight. The whiling-away-the-time question of the day: Is it "canceled" or "cancelled?"

The correct answer is that American English favors one L while most everyone else in the world who speaks English (Canadians, Brits, Australians, etc) uses two L's. So if you're in EWR it's "canceled" and "canceling" but if you're in London's Heathrow airport, which is transitioning from being an awful place to an awful place that kills people, it's "cancelled" and "cancelling." Interestingly the spelling convention extends to "cancelable" vs. "cancellable," but not to "cancellation"—which is the same everywhere for reasons that have yet to be explained to us.

If you want to know more, you can always waste a few minutes viewing an ngram charting American adoption/divergence of the alternate spelling here. And don't pretend you don't have the time to click through. You've got the time.

The issue came up this morning because we were copy/pasting a bit and it turns out that Supershuttle emails use "cancelled." @JetSetCD, Jaunted's editor, thinks it might have something to do with Supershuttle being an international company, which is a little known fact that Jaunted's been blogging about for quite a while. Could be. It could also be that Supershuttle emails are written by the same people who manage the company's reservations for travelers leaving the airport.

The lesson here is that you're allowed to spell it either way (one L or two Ls), but if you're a company issuing official communications, it's nice to Google the accepted spelling in your country first.

Pro tip: You should also know how to spell your airline (Qantas, not Quantas) and definitely the code for your airport. Hashtag it on Twitter and Instagram to share sentiments with fellow travelers stuck in your spot.

[Photo: greeblie / Flickr]

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