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[Forum] RE: Liveable or Livable
I think "liveable" is the British spelling. You'll have to check Oxford. Anyway, it depends if you want the British or American spelling (consistency). Hope this helps. In Webster, "liveable" is a variant spelling (less commonly used). The main spelling listed is what is most accepted or used mos

[Forum] RE: spelling questions
For spelling that doesn't involve posible hyphenation, I would suggest consulting a dictionary, usually M-W Collegiate or Unabridged. Someone in this forum had suggested using www.onelook.com. Regarding your question, "kneecap" is the spelling given in M-W.

[Forum] Historical place names
The author probably has a good reason for picking a particular spelling, especially if she's a historian aware of the various spelling permutations of the name. I would go with the author's choice rather than simply impose Webster's preferred spelling (which I guess is based on contemporary usage).

[Forum] RE: spelling out words in dialogue
I'm totally on board with not spelling out any of those, and also with using numerals for phone numbers and the like in dialogue. Spelling out numbers used that way in dialogue just doesn't make sense to me. The person who came up with that notion should be given a good talking to.

[Forum] RE: British Spelling Preferences
I would check a dictionary. In general, "z" is used in American English and "s" in British English. I can't find the link, but I know that when you see "also" in a dictionary, it's the secondary spelling. If you see "or," I think that means either spelling is acceptable.

[Forum] UK English spelling
Is programme gradually losing its -me, I wonder? Would appreciate some thoughts on this as it's become a thorny issue at work. Australian English seems to have dropped it; others say the -me is a hangover from the Commonwealth and it's high time we let it go - after all, kilogram has lost its -me; s

[Forum] RE: Do I have to impose one spelling of a word throughout a piece?
In the instances you mentioned, "burned" is the preferred spelling. Unless the author is referring to a particular term for which "burnt" is commonly used (such as "burnt orange"), I'd stick with "burned" everywhere. It sounds like the author is not a native US speaker (British perhaps?). If that's

[Forum] RE: Spelling Bee
It's great to have a spelling friend! Good luck in the bee to you too, doowopqueen! Do let us know how you both fare.

[Forum] RE: Spelling
Same here. Unabridged lists [i]transferrable[/i] as a "variant spelling of [i]transferable[/i]." So one [i]r[/i] is preferable.

[Forum] Spelling bee!
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/media/spelling-bee-2011/

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