Spell Check In British English - Spell Check Anywhere
Spell Check Anywhere allows you to spell check in any
Windows program in several languages, including a British
English Spell Check Dictionary.
To use the British English spell check
Download Spell Check Anywhere. During the setup
select British English Spelling Check. That's it.
Interesting Facts About British English
British English (BrE) is a term used to differentiate between the form of
the English language used in the British Isles and those used elsewhere. It
includes all the varieties of English used within the Isles, including those
found in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. The term is used especially
by those outside the British Isles, as well as by linguists and
lexicographers; British people themselves generally use the term 'Standard
English' or, rather more commonly, merely 'English'.
As with many other aspects of British culture, the English language as
spoken in the United Kingdom and Ireland is governed by convention rather
than formal code: there is no equivalent body to the Académie française, and
the authoritative dictionaries (e.g. Oxford English Dictionary, Longman
Dictionary of Contemporary English, Chambers Dictionary, Collins Dictionary)
record usage rather than prescribe it. As a result there is significant
variation in grammar, usage, spelling, and vocabulary within English as used
in the UK, and lively, idiomatic uses of the language are commonplace. In
addition, vocabulary and usage change with time; words are freely borrowed
from other languages and other strains of English, and neologisms are
While there is a meaningful degree of uniformity in formal written
English in the United Kingdom, the forms of spoken English used vary
considerably more than in most other areas of the world where English is
spoken. Dialects and accents vary not only between the nations of the UK,
for example in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, but also within these
countries themselves. The written form of the language, as taught in
schools, is universally the same as in the rest of the English-speaking
world (except North America), with a slight emphasis on words whose usage
varies amongst the different regions of the UK. For example, although the
words "wee" and "little" are interchangeable in some contexts, one is more
likely to see "wee" written by a Scot than by an English person.
For historical reasons dating back to the rise of London in the 9th
century, the form of language spoken in London and the East Midlands became
standard English within the Court, and thus the form generally accepted for
use in the law, government, literature and education within the British
Isles. Although British English is often used to denote the English spelling
and lexicon used outside the US, this usage is not completely accurate, as
almost all British spelling rules and the vast majority of British
vocabulary are actually shared among the whole English-speaking world
outside the US (except Canada as far as lexicon is concerned). The British
spellings were most famously recorded in Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of
the English Language (1755).
Historically, the widespread usage of English across the world is
attributed to the former power of the British Empire, and hence the most
common form of English used by the British ruling class that of south-east
England (the area around the capital, London, and the ancient English
university towns of Oxford and Cambridge). This form of the language is
associated with Received Pronunciation (RP), which is still regarded by many
people outside the UK (especially in the United States) as "the British
accent". However, even RP has evolved quite markedly over the last 40 years.
From the second half of the 20th century to the present day, the
preeminence of the English language has been augmented by the economic,
military, political and cultural dominance of the United States in world
affairs. Thus the United States, born out of former British colonies, acted
to perpetuate the dominance of English.
The form of English spoken and written in the United Kingdom still has a
major cultural influence, in particular on the English used, as a first or
additional language, in many Commonwealth countries (including Australia,
India, South Africa, New Zealand and, to some extent, Canada), as well as in
the European Union; British English is also taught and used in the former
British colonies of Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia.