Alexis (arosoff) wrote in linguaphiles,
Alexis
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Odd spelling question

I'm reading this week's New Yorker and the Talk of the Town refers to "the hundred-metre dash". It then repeats the spelling, so it's not a misprint.

I'm American originally and I don't remember ever seeing the spelling "metre" (instead of meter) used there (although it's the normal British spelling). Is the New Yorker being oddly affected with this usage?

(Ah, it's on the website, so you can see it: http://www.newyorker.com/talk/2007/08/20/070820ta_talk_angell)
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