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The Mad Author
Jean Tennant

MORE ABOUT DIALOGUE

Posted Friday, October 14, 2011, at 2:44 PM
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  • You make writing dialog almost doable. I've been intimidated by it for years and usually try to avoid it whenever possibe.

    A question: I notice you write 'dialogue' but my spellcheck wants it changed to 'dialog'. Which way is correct?

    -- Posted by charliegarrett on Thu, Oct 20, 2011, at 11:30 AM
  • Ha! I was wondering if anyone would ask about that. Good for you!

    Dialog and dialogue are seen written both ways, and I've long been puzzled by it. Why can't these spelling rules be consistent?

    The funny thing about spellcheck is that on one of my computers MS Word's spellcheck wants it to be "dialog" and on my other computer Word's spellcheck wants it to be "dialogue." Both Word, but different versions... go figure.

    In researching this I've found conficting statements as well.

    According Yahoo Answers "dialogue" is the English spelling and "dialog" is the American spelling.

    Wikipedia's Manual of Style lists "dialogue" as the English spelling, but the American spelling as "dialogue"(conversation),and "dialog"(text). Whaaat!?

    The Merriam-Webster online lists "dialogue" as the preferred spelling.

    So, what to do? I prefer "dialogue." It just looks right to me. I think the important thing is that, whichever spelling you use, you remain consistent.

    Any other thoughts on this out there?

    -- Posted by JTennant on Fri, Oct 21, 2011, at 12:14 PM
  • I agree that dialog doesn't look right. I always want to put the final 'ue' on the end. On the other hand, catalog looks correct to me. And TV guide lists Jay Leno's opening speech as his 'monologue.'

    Which makes me wonder, since we 'speak', why is it spelled 'speech'?

    My head hurts.

    -- Posted by fictionfan on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 2:29 PM
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