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9yo daughter's spelling homework

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MaryBS Thu 25-Jun-09 20:19:28

One of the words she has to learn to spell is "leukemia". Am I correct in thinking this is the US spelling and the UK spelling is ALWAYS "leukaemia"?

If I am wrong, please tell me and I'll take the note to her teacher out of her homework folder blush.

cattj Thu 25-Jun-09 20:21:39

It sure looks that way.

I see a lot of Americanisms creeping in as kids are exposed to American TV shows and American web sites.

LittleWonder Thu 25-Jun-09 20:22:00

At 9 years old I would have thought that there are more useful words to learn!

edam Thu 25-Jun-09 20:22:00

You are correct. Don't know if leukemia is US spelling or not. We are in the UK and the teacher is WRONG!

Goblinchild Thu 25-Jun-09 20:24:48

Collins lists both, but notes that leukemia is especially US.
OH is an OUP pedant and insists that she should learn the UK spelling.
Be brave and make a stand against insidious Americanisms. grin

MaryBS Thu 25-Jun-09 20:27:39

Yes, leukemia is the US spelling:

www.askoxford.com/results/?view=dict&freesearch=leukemia&branch=13842570&textsearchtype=exact

She has some VERY strange words. This week she also has "frankincense" and "solemnity" (and no its not a particularly churchy school).

Last week, it was "diaphragm", which caused great amusement because the children also have to use the word correctly in a sentence. I managed to resist suggesting "My mother uses a diaphragm for contraception". blush

PortAndLemon Thu 25-Jun-09 20:31:55

On medical/scientific terminology in particular we do seem to be gradually adopting American spelling, so I can see why children might be being taught those. But I'd still teach them the British English spelling as well.

TheFallenMadonna Thu 25-Jun-09 20:48:50

In Science textbooks now there are many examples like this: hemoglobin, fetus, sulfur. It's standard in fact.

Goblinchild Thu 25-Jun-09 21:01:29

One of the aspects of my OH's job is to check accuracy of spelling for the US and British markets in the books he edits.
At OUP it's an uncrossable line, if you use a US spelling it has to be for a reason, eg a direct quote from a US edition.
It's standard in UK schools to have to teach British spellings.

edam Thu 25-Jun-09 22:40:48

FallenMadonna, really? Sounds like someone has bought a job lot of US text books... sulfur, FFS!

edam Thu 25-Jun-09 22:42:10

(Am hoping the decline of the US and growing power of China will mean we get the English language back...)

campion Thu 25-Jun-09 23:19:21

Does she have despot as one of her words? Could be useful, I think. Importance of a wide vocabulary

Oh, and it's Leukaemia but I'm a bit hmm as to why she needs to know that right now, especially with the wrong spelling.

Or does she get a disease a week?

MaryBS Fri 26-Jun-09 07:44:13

A disease a week, that could be interesting... hmm

flamingobingo Fri 26-Jun-09 07:45:35

Annoying as it is, but American spelling is becoming accepted in the UK for medical terms.

TheFallenMadonna Fri 26-Jun-09 16:06:47

Really edam. And no, not US textbooks. Published by Collins in 2002 and fitting the National Curriculum. Have one in front of me now.

smartiejake Fri 26-Jun-09 16:15:07

My DD came home with plural spellings ostinatos and concertos -very useful words if you are studying for an A level in Music but not much use in Year 5!

These are actually in the Spelling bank book for the Literacy strategy so it wasn't just a mad teacher.(Rules for plurals of nouns ending in o or some such nonsense.)

And I always thought the plural of those words was ostinati and concerti [classically trained music snob emoticon!] grin

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