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   Words such as colour,humour, favour were apparently de-"u"
'd by Benjamen Franklin of American fame.....

G’day; didn’t know it is old Ben’s fault. There’s been attempts
to modernise English spellings - Georgie Bernard Shaw (of
Pygmalion fame) was one of ‘em. But perhaps I had better make it
clear that I wasn’t really being a bit nasty about American; I
was merely indulging in a bit of leg-pulling! We do it to the
Aussies all the time too, and they do it to us Poms and Kiwis. By
the way, words like: boat, buoy, thought and many others are
pronounced exactly as they are spelt in the North of England,
like ‘boh at’ and ‘boo oy’ , and they even pronounce ‘smoke’ in
the way it used to be spelt; smo ak’! Cheers,

   / /    John Burgess, 
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 / //\    @John_Burgess2
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