Saturday, September 17, 2011

Colombia or Columbia?

I'm nearing the end of Angie Abdou's The Bone Cage and Digger, one of two main characters in the novel, is about to compete in a wrestling tournament in Columbia. Not British Columbia. Columbia, the South American country. But I've always spelled it Colombia. I've Googled it and it looks like I'm correct. However, it may be one of those cases where either is acceptable. Thoughts?

4 comments:

raidergirl3 said...

I'm pretty sure sporacle uses Colombia, and it's pretty particular about spelling. So, you are correct! I completely missed that when I read it. Random fact - we had a priest who was from Colombia.

Heather said...

Colombia is the country. that's what it says in my atlas.

Jules said...

I'm pretty sure its Colombia for the country. I found this link, how truthful it is I'm not sure but it give info on the debate.

http://euinnorthernireland.blogspot.com/2005/09/colombia-vs-columbia.html

John Mutford said...

Raidergirl: Yes, I was thinking of Sporcle's conventions when I read it actually.

Heather: And most other atlases, too, it would seem.

Jules: I'm left thinking that Colombia is indeed correct and it was a mistake in the Bone Cage to spell it with a u. I'm starting to think good copy editors must be hard to find.