What has the world come to when the BBC starts using American English?
It's come to war, that's what. So thinks The Daily Mail's Matthew Engel,
who's calling for a "war on words that snuck into our skedule." He was
horrified to hear the BBC home affairs editor "[refer] to 'specialty
shops,'" rather than "speciality shops." Why is it so important?
'Speciality' (with the i) is a lovely word, full of rolling syllables. His version is the kind of usage that comes out of the mid-Atlantic and needs to be dropped back there, from a great height.