Mind your language: Learnt vs learned

I haven’t done one of these posts in a while, so it’s about time. To recap, posts in this series deal with various grammar/spelling rules I decided to look up because I’ve become more pedantic about my spelling and grammar since no one on the internet can write properly anymore.

When I was typing this morning, I wrote “learned” even though my mind was leaning towards “learnt”. I had to know once and for all, so I googled it. According to this, both usages are acceptable, with “learnt” being the preferred variant outside of North America.

As usual, my instinct was right (and my hands were wrong). All the reading I did and spelling bees I won as a child have continued to help me to this day. It’s why I cannot bear to enter News24 anymore.

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