A recent discussion about creating a style guide…
KP: So, will you also include basic spelling and grammatical conventions?
KP: Oh, you know… serial commas… and/&… how to spell “theater.”
AW: It’s -ER, right?
KP: Yes! Thank you!
AW: I never understood the -RE spelling. Theatre. Centre. Are they trying to be fancy?
KP: I wish they would stop. Then regular people would realize the theater is something for them, not just for fancy people.
AW: Yeah, this is America — speak American!
KP: Yay for -ER theater!
I don’t think it will really change anything, my going on a crusade to change perceptions of the performing arts by ensuring an Americanized, common spelling of the word “theater.” Of course, I now also see commercials selling “healthy” corn sugar and making girdles sexier by re-branding them as Spanx. I suppose it couldn’t hurt to try.