RE: American English

Subject: RE: American English
From: "Barbara Philbrick" <caslon -at- alltel -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2006 09:13:01 -0500

It is many things ... I think your best bet is to pick up an American
dictionary (American Heritage is good) and style guide (Chicago Manual of
Style and maybe the Associated Press Style Guide) would get you a good

I work with a few European folks right now, and the thing that they have a
really hard time with is punctuation in quotation marks in all instances.
Also I notice that a lot of single quotes sneak in.

Then there are the more obvious spelling differences --- "colour" instead of

Good luck!


-----Original Message-----

Hello all,

I am a technical writer working in India for an Indian software product
company. I am asked to write in "American English".

Can you guide me what is "American English", or "writing for an American

Is it about use of specific terminologies or about sentence structure or
something else.


Hemang Antani


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