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On Tue, 25 Jul 2000, Donald J. HARLOW wrote:

> Q: Into what language were the Harry Potter books (all four of
> them) first translated?
>
> A: American.
>
> Right. According to a rather irate article in the _Perspectives_
> section of my Sunday paper, Scholastic Press sometime back
> made the decision to _translate_ the Harry Potter books from
> British English into Amerenglish before releasing them in the
> United States.
> [...]

    This, of course, is symptomatic of the insufferable provincialism
of most of us Americans.  (Although to this day I gag when I read some
British author referring to "corn" in the ancient world, even though I
know better :-) , because in the U.S the word "corn" *NEVER* refers to
anything but maize, a native of Mexico which was unknown outside the
Americas before the sixteenth century or so.)

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