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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Oct 12, 2004

Is there a difference in meaning between these two words? I just say on BBC the word "programmes" in relation to tv. Seemed strange to me. What do you think?
Question from a translator without English dictionary.
Regards
Heinrich


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Paula Gayol  Identity Verified
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US/UK? Oct 12, 2004

I have always thought the difference between both is US English (program) and UK English (programme) , but I am not sure if there is any difference in meaning.


Paula

[Edited at 2004-10-12 12:32]


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Kathinka van de Griendt  Identity Verified
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American or British Oct 12, 2004

Hello Heinrich - I use "programmes" in British English and "programs" for the good old United States. ... and there is no difference in meaning...

[Edited at 2004-10-12 12:13]


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Parrot  Identity Verified
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No difference in meaning Oct 12, 2004

although -- apart from US/UK usage, it can also depend on institutions. The UN uses a mixed variant of English in which US English has its place, but its programmes are programmes.

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John Simpson  Identity Verified
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Program = software program / Programme = Faulty Towers, for example. (UK) Oct 12, 2004

Program = US spelling for programme.
But in the UK, a program refers to software.

Cheers,

John


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Peter Linton  Identity Verified
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http://www.proz.com/kudoz/835129 Oct 12, 2004

Have a look at the KudoZ discussion on the same topic.

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Selcuk Akyuz  Identity Verified
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http://www.proz.com/kudoz/393762 Oct 12, 2004

Peter Linton wrote:

Have a look at the KudoZ discussion on the same topic.



Also see the answers for a similar question
http://www.proz.com/kudoz/393762


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xxxLia Fail  Identity Verified
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GB EN: program = computer field; programme = other fields Oct 12, 2004

John Simpson wrote:

Program = US spelling for programme.
But in the UK, a program refers to software.

Cheers,

John


Exactly, that's the GB usage.


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Ivana de Sousa Santos  Identity Verified
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Programme (UK); Program (USA) Oct 13, 2004

I agree with Paula and Kathinka. I have learnt it like this at school:

Programme (British English)
Program (American English)

This question comes in English grammar books too. I am a teacher and teach this to my students based in one of the books, at least.


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Richard Benham  Identity Verified
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Another view.... Jan 15, 2005

According to dictionaries and other sources I have read, "program" was the original spelling in (UK) English, but it was largely replaced by "programme" in the UK under the malign influence of French. So I am happy with "program", whether I am writing for a UK, US, Australian or any other anglophone readership. When I am translating, however, I tend to be more conservative and stick to "programme" for the Poms (I'm sorry, Pommes), and "program" for Yanks and Aussies (most of whom are completely trilingual in UK/US/Australian English).

Cheers,
Richard.


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