Interest in voting jumps after UK election debate
Until the debate, the main contest was between Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labor Party, in power for 13 years, and the opposition Conservatives led by David Cameron, who have been ahead in the opinion polls for more than two years.
Labor Party? Why would you change the spelling on a proper name into American English? In effect, you have translated a proper name from one language to the next. “Labour Party” is a proper name (you’ve capitalized it).
It is not proper to change the spelling of a proper name across languages, nor to translate a proper name across languages (or dialects). You could not change the name Richard Blower to Richard Telephone for your British readers, or Nancy Lew to Nancy Toilet. That would be ridiculous and “illegal,” if you will. Prime Minister Margaret Roofer!
We do not change Guiseppi Verdi to Joe Green, no matter how pleasant it is to our American ear. We don’t change Alcoa, the Aluminum Company of America, to the Aluminium Company of America.
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