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    Does Bill Bryson Lie?

    I have read a couple of books where people have traveled to places described in books by Bill Bryson and what is supposed to be there doesn't exit. In one of his books on English he states that Australians spell 'colour' 'color'.

    A quick search on here shows a lot of posts by Australians using 'colour'. Does Bill Bryson lie?
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    David Warner spells it color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Bryson (on Australia)
    The people are immensely likableó cheerful, extrovert, quick-witted, and unfailingly obliging.
    Clearly a liar.

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    What are some of the things that don't exist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    What are some of the things that don't exist?
    As the poll suggests, I am currently in a bar so my memory isn't 100% and I don't have reference materials. However, in the book 'Slogging the Slavs' the author travels to an island to see a monetary or something that Bryson raved about and it didn't exist. A figment of his imagination.

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    Both American English and British English are acceptable within general society here, the former probably taking over a bit due to American pop culture and Microsoft Word default settings.

    As far as official Australian English goes though, if you spelt it "color" in a fourth grade spelling test you'd have it marked wrong, even though words such as "jail" are seen to be correct now. "Colour" is certainly still the prevalent spelling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Both American English and British English are acceptable within general society here, the former probably taking over a bit due to American pop culture and Microsoft Word default settings.

    As far as official Australian English goes though, if you spelt it "color" in a fourth grade spelling test you'd have it marked wrong, even though words such as "jail" are seen to be correct now. "Colour" is certainly still the prevalent spelling.
    Jail is common here too

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    Bryson writes in Down Under of an adult book store in Young which also sells pet supplies.

    I can confirm the place does exist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Bryson writes in Down Under of an adult book store in Young which also sells pet supplies.

    I can confirm the place does exist.
    A place in Young that sells pets is an adult store.

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