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July 13, 2010

Jamie Oliver health approach “doesn’t work”

BRITAIN-DIANA/BRIGHTON, England (Reuters) – Lecturing people on how to live a healthy life can be counterproductive unless individuals can be persuaded to change their behavior, new health minister Andrew Lansley said Wednesday.

This article, which is unambiguously a British story, uses the American spelling of behaviour. If you want to retain British readers, you need to provide us with articles in our own language, not the language of a foreign country thousands of miles away.

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We try to separate the two languages, but don’t always succeed.

I’m so sorry you had to be exposed to the way we spell behavior in our foreign country, but I’m happy you were able to work out that behaviour was what we were really talking about: GBU Editor

Jamie Oliver at the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium in London, in a 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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I was surprised to see a Brit complain about the spelling of a word. Usually it’s an arogant American who thinks everything should be Americanized. The World Wide Web is just that, world wide, and I certainly hope British readers won’t flee the Reuters News service just because of the spelling of a word…

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“…. you need to provide us with articles in our own language, not the language of a foreign country thousands of miles away.”

Two languages? I thought we both spoke english?

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