airplane or aeroplane

Franco   Monday, November 29, 2004, 00:13 GMT
Which of these two words do you use? What one would you suggest I use in everyday, informal speech?
Adam   Monday, November 29, 2004, 00:15 GMT
I use airplane, but I'm North American. Aeroplane is used in the UK. Both are fine, I don't think it matters which you use.
Someone   Monday, November 29, 2004, 00:26 GMT
It depends. In America, say airplane. In Britain, say aeroplane.
Reggie   Monday, November 29, 2004, 01:15 GMT
Aeroplane sounds better.
Jim   Monday, November 29, 2004, 02:48 GMT
I use "aeroplane" but I'm from Australia. If you want to use North American style English, use "airplane" otherwise use "aeroplane".
Joanne   Monday, November 29, 2004, 05:07 GMT
I can't say for other areas in North America, but in the northeastern US, no one says "airplane" anymore. Just "plane."
Brennus   Monday, November 29, 2004, 06:00 GMT
Re Aeroplane vs Airplane: These are what are known in Linguistics as "competing forms". Two or more words compete with each other in a language for the same meaning and in the end one wins out.

It happens all the time. For example, in Old Spanish several words words like rapoza "fox", cán "dog" and hiniestra window" competed with zorro, perro and ventana but the latter three eventually won out. (In Judaeo-Spanish, however, rapoza is still used for "fox"). In English, Northern Middle English "they, their, them" eventually won out over Southern Middle English "hi, hir, hem" but the Southern English "church" prevailed over the North English "kirk".

I remember hearing some Americans using "aeroplane" as late as the 1950's but nowadays "airplane" appears to be ubiquitous in the United States. Sometimes linguistic changes can happen within a lifetime.
Reggie   Monday, November 29, 2004, 08:25 GMT
Airplane sounds weird. It's what I expect a little kid to come up with to describe an aeroplane.
Doo   Monday, November 29, 2004, 11:00 GMT
Quote-"they, their, them" eventually won out over Southern Middle English "hi, hir, hem"

It's a good thing that ''their'' won out over Southern Middle English ''hir'' because ''hir'' would sound just like ''her''.
Tiffany   Monday, November 29, 2004, 19:56 GMT
It's an airplane or a plane where I am from - this includes both coasts in America.
sOMEONE   Friday, December 03, 2004, 04:21 GMT
AIRPLANE...Mind you we don't say airspace or's aerospac
e and aerodynamics...just airplane is different.
Somebody   Friday, December 03, 2004, 04:56 GMT
Sumbody   Friday, December 03, 2004, 05:32 GMT
Do Britons, Australians etc. call ''airports'', ''aeroports''? Americans call them ''airports''.
Jim   Friday, December 03, 2004, 06:36 GMT
No, we say "airport" but it is "aeroport" in French.
IFT   Saturday, December 04, 2004, 04:27 GMT
I'm from the US. I use "plane" and "airplane" more, but I've used "aeroplane" a few times also.