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I have a question. In the article "Automobile" is spelled: a'utomobile'. Why that? What does that mean?20:35, December 22, 2011 (UTC)
- I assume it was some sort of coding error. I fixed it. -- 1337star (Owl Post) 20:46, December 22, 2011 (UTC)
Thank you. As english is not my native language, I was not sure if it was right or not.21:02, December 22, 2011 (UTC)
we don't call them 'automobiles', we call them CARS. Can someone change the page and everything? 22.214.171.124 21:41, December 22, 2011 (UTC)
- That will not happen, because this Wiki uses british terms, because the author of the books is british. 21:48, December 22, 2011 (UTC)
Then, I think, it would be the best to ask Cavalier One. He is Admin and british. So he would be one who could tell us best. 22:07, December 22, 2011 (UTC)
I'm British, that's what I was trying to say, we say car, not automobile! 126.96.36.199 22:15, December 22, 2011 (UTC)
and not 'motor car'... this isn't the 1920s... 188.8.131.52 22:16, December 22, 2011 (UTC)
- O. k., I understand. But then there is the question of a renaming of the whole article from Automobile to "Car". Who is to decide that? 22:21, December 22, 2011 (UTC)
- Are you absolutely sure "automobile" isn't used in the UK? I mean, I always thought "car" was a more causal term and "automobile" was used in a more formal/technical situation. I'm not British, mind, and I might be wholly wrong. -- 22:50, December 22, 2011 (UTC)
So, apparently my library subscribes to the Oxford English Dictionary. It appears to support the points brought up by our lovely anons from across the pond: "automobile", in the sense of being synonymous with car, is listed as being "chiefly North American". I think that should settle the matter. -- 1337star (Owl Post) 23:23, December 22, 2011 (UTC)
- As long as the UK editions of the books never refer to "automobiles" (which, given your research, I don't doubt), I'm fine with moving this article under "Car". -- 23:38, December 22, 2011 (UTC)