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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.

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Tropical Storm Alex Means Hurricane Season Has Hit the Gulf of Mexico

June 28, 2010 at 2:10 PM | by | ()

Even though we haven't yet celebrated the Fourth of July, the heat and storms of summer are well upon the United States, and hurricane season has begun. The Gulf of Mexico now has more to worry about than the BP oil spill as newly-formed Tropical Storm Alex winds its way around, causing hurricane watches to be issued for Texas and the Mexican coastlline.

Although Alex is heading the wrong way for interfering with the oil spill, it is nonetheless expected to become the first official hurricane of the season later today or tomorrow. Its westward path takes it up from Belize and the tourist-heavy Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico into the southern coast of Texas. As if the Caribbean cruise ships and southern US beachgoers could handle any more detours.

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