Palaeo Burger Recipe
“What are you trying to be European or something?” Dave said, pointing and leaning back in his office chair to open my line of sight to his screen. I even have to look in order to know exactly what he was teasing me about. A few days ago I changed the spelling of the word “Paleo” throughout my blog to “Palaeo“. I came across the odd spelling of the word “Palaeolithic” in the scientific literature when I was reviewing articles for the last post. Then I panicked, thinking that I had the spelling all wrong this whole time. Impulsively I began to edit, and edit, replacing leo’s for laeo’s. When I was finished, I leaned back and let out a breath, finally realizing that I had been holding on to it.
Something didn’t feel quite right, but I shrugged it off, figuring I just wasn’t used to the new look. Closing out of my blog, I opened the literature search again and finished reading the article. Then I clicked on to the next one.
“Wait a minute” I thought “This one is spelled ‘paleolithic’! Which is it??”
After doing a quick internet search I learned that both spelling are correct. The word comes from the Greek word palaois which means ancient. The British use the palaeo spelling while Americans tend to go for the shorter paleo. Having no particular preference and limited time, I decided to leave things that way that they are. Thus from now on when reading my blog, you have my permission to imagine the words spoken in the overly dramaticized voice of an American putting on a British accent.