Towards/toward (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Fri Apr 11 17:44:52 UTC 2014

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>From a handout, when David Foster Wallace was teaching:

"1. The preposition towards is British usage; the US spelling is toward.
Writing towards is like writing colour or judgement. (Factoid: Except
for backwards and afterwards, no preposition ending in -ward takes a
final s in US usage.)"

I grew up in Tennessee, and "towards" doesn't sound wrong to me.  Is
this usage more common in the South?

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