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American usage of "programme"[edit]

Still not sure when Americans use 'program' and when they use 'progamme', could anyone provide clarity? -- 11:49, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

2. (US, UK): A leaflet listing information about a play, game or other activity. Note: This is the only common American use of the word "programme"; all others are normally "program."

Die Hard quote[edit]

As the Americans rarely, if ever, use the spelling "programme", I find it hard to believe that the script for Die Hard used that spelling, especially in what is solely an American expression. Also, the expression itself is merely using the "schedule" meaning of "programme" or "program". Unless anyone has any objections, I shall delete meaning "4". M0thr4 09:14, 29 January 2009 (UTC)


Not sure of the purpose of this section, but it is wrong. Programme is the 1st and 2nd person singular and plural and 3rd person plural of the verb "to programme". The 3rd person singular is "programmes". M0thr4 09:19, 29 January 2009 (UTC)


No citations to back any of this up. I am struggling to see where the last section comes from. According to the OED, "programme" entered the language in C17 from the Greek "programma", there was no Frenchification.


"Programme" is a spelling which is certainly used by the Australian government - [1] [2] [3] [4]

The page does not say that "programme" is unused in Australian government; it says that "program" is endorsed by government style. Not all government documents adhere to government style, I suppose. --Dan Polansky 08:24, 3 September 2010 (UTC)

Programme vs program[edit]

Why is programme listed as a variant of program? Surely programme came first, in which program is a variant of programme, so why does program get top billing? Is Wikitionary an American English dictionary? 23:18, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

program came first, appearing in Scotland in the 17th century. programme was a 19th-century return to the French spelling, because the British viewed the French as the epitome of education and literacy. Americans did not have this view of the French and therefore chose to retain the original English spelling, program. —Stephen (Talk) 03:34, 25 May 2013 (UTC)