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SinceWhen
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Stephen_Hawkins
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Theater is a better spelling of theatre

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Stephen_Hawkins
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/20/2012 Category: Education
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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SinceWhen

Pro

First Round is for Accepting!

Rules:
WE ARE ARGUING OVER WHICH IS CORRECT. NOT WHICH IS BETTER.
Stephen_Hawkins

Con

I accept, and shall wait upon my opponent's argument.
Debate Round No. 1
SinceWhen

Pro

Theater is easier to learn - Any person who has a 3rd grade education will agree that understanding how to spell "theater" is easier than "theatre" It is easy to spell words if they follow a pattern. Cheater is not spelled "cheatre" and heater is not spelled "heatre" so what makes theater so special? It is easy to follow the rule of adding "er" to the end of a word. Theatre should sound like (thee-tre).
Stephen_Hawkins

Con

Pronunciation

Theatre is pronounced the-at-rr (rolling r). This would be spelt closer to theatre than theater. Theater assumes an er pronounced, meaning an "eer" or "err", rather than a rolling r.

Common spelling

There is no need to change the commonly accepted spelling. Though some words such as cheater are spelt like this, I remind my opponent of the words metre, litre, centre, etc. Although some schoolchildren will get the spelling wrong, just as many, if not more, will get the spelling right.

Also, as spelling changes in the English language with common usage and not any "board" saying differently, there must be the majority of people changing the spelling of the word. Now, as the vast majority of people spell the word theatre, there is no reason to change its spelling.

Oxford standard

This is a short point but Oxford, the standard of spelling, spells the word as "theatre". So does stanford, a secondary standard. The thing is, all standards accept the word "theatre". Changing the standard for little reason is artificial and pointless.

Thank you.
Debate Round No. 2
SinceWhen

Pro

SinceWhen forfeited this round.
Stephen_Hawkins

Con

Vote CON. Extend all arguments.
Debate Round No. 3
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Vote Placed by Man-is-good 5 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro made poor arguments and no rebuttals. Not only does "theatre" more accurately depict the rolling r sounds of the word but it is commonly used in all standards. Con's point that changing the spelling of a word that is so commonly used--is artificial stands and Pro's forfeit left the debate entirely-sided to Con....
Vote Placed by Maikuru 5 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con's arguments were not only clearer, but linguistically sound. Pro presented no counter case and forfeited.
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Reasons for voting decision: Con had stronger agruments on why theatre was more acceptable way of spelling. Pro also foreited which left Con's argument's unaddressed.
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Reasons for voting decision: Con's arguments were stronger, nevertheless Pro forfeited.