Has anyone else seen the new Harry Potter movie yet? If you haven't, no worries, this isn't a spoiler-ish post. It's more about this little issue of mine.
It's a curse, really. For some reason I have an eye for misspellings. And they bug me. A lot.
So when Harry and his friends received their new Defence against dark arts textbooks I was irritated. Why? Because it's spelled Defense darn it! I was probably the only person in the theater (and possibly the city... county... state...) that noticed the spelling on the cover of the book in the movie. After all, why should anyone notice?!
And this error distracted me for some time, while I watched the movie. I wondered, was it on purpose? Or was it completely by accident?
Turns out... it was neither. "Defence" is a perfectly legitimate British spelling.
I feel much better now. But it still looks wrong to me.
Explanation of American and British English Spelling differences
Dictionary entry... with both spellings