Words, words, words: if you type them wrong people might make fun of and try to edit you, even though people don’t talk perfectly by any means or in any language and more than likely you can raed tihs aynway. Before I go too far into the subject of words let me back away from the can of worms, lid only half open, and get to the point of what I am writing about in the first place: a couple of words for one word. Is it AIRPLANE or AEROPLANE???
Yes, I am writing this at the spur of the moment based on curious whim; because who schedules to write an article about the word airplane/aeroplane, right? We’ve all seen the word spelled both ways, and if we haven’t all seen it spelled both ways maybe I’ve just shocked your world. Which way is the correct way and why are there two ways to spell it?
An Airplane or aeroplane for those of you still living in a cave still waiting for the wheel to be invented is generally a fixed-wing aircraft, which I guess doesn’t explain it for you if you didn’t get it in the first place. It’s a machine that flys! You can ride in them!
Now, what about this mystery involving two names for the same thing. Sure, there are many instances of this in many languages for many things and I’m just being picky; wasting my time and yours! Apparently, AIRPLANE is the most common spelling used in North America; the Canadians and Yanks lean towards that spelling. However, other countries across the pond have a tendency to use AEROPLANE. Why? Perhaps the reasoning is merely because aeroplane is the older form of the word and the culture over there is older; when it comes to the English language that is. I’m sure different dialects of booga-booga have been around way longer; so no offense to them. The form of the word aeroplane is dated back to the 19th century. Airplane is derived from a Greek word.
I got this information from Wikipedia though, so take it for what it is. I’ve read on Wikipedia before that Bill Nye the Science Guy was raped by 100 black dudes and left dead in a dumpster behind McDonalds. I noticed on my Wiki visit that the founder is asking for donations in a big add on top of the pages, so if you want to donate to the encyclopedia in which anyone can adjust it so that Bill Nye is raped and killed, heads up: they’ll let you.
Okay, another mystery solved; not really. Now to decide whether I want to be the dude that spells it airplane or aeroplane. I choose AIRPLANE because spell check doesn’t recognize AEROPLANE and keeps putting read squiggles all over my page.