dialog or dialogue?

12:11 Jul 5, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
German term or phrase: dialog or dialogue?
Can both spellings be used, or is one better than the other?

Thanks for your help!

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Dan McCrosky (X)
naDepends on US or UK English
William Scheckel (X)
nadialogue - British, dialog - American English
Tadej Gregorcic



8 mins
dialogue - British, dialog - American English

I prefer dialogue, but if the target language is American English, dialog is better

Tadej Gregorcic
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2 hrs
Depends on US or UK English

Dialog is American English. Dialogue is British (the Brits really like their U's!). One or the other is better depending on which variant of English the text is in. HTH, Will

William Scheckel (X)
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4 hrs
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NODE (1998) shows "dialog box" as preferred for both American and British English with "dialogue box" as second. -

They turn right around, show "dialogue" alone as preferred, and "dialog" as second and only for the US. - In this case, my Webster's New Encyclopedic (admittedly no longer "New" 1993) agrees. -

NODE also shows the same spelling for "catalogue" with "catalog" in second place and only for the US. - Webster's shows "catalog" first and "catalogue" second. -

For some strange reason "monologue" has only one spelling in NODE but Webster's shows both with "monologue" first.

It is no wonder people say basic English is easy but advanced English is impossible. - HTH - Dan

Dan McCrosky (X)
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3 days 7 hrs

Dear Anne,

As an American, dialog looks odd to me!
We Americans can spell too!


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