I am American, and I always thought the difference between dialogue and dialog was one of meaning, the way Merriam-Webster has them listed:
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According to Merriam-Webster, dialogue means conversation, and dialog box means a window on a computer screen.
This is how I use/spell them.
However, at least some people see them as differences between British English and American English.
So my questions, I guess, are:
- First of all, is my understanding, and Merriam-Webster's definition, correct?
- Is dialog used with any frequency by Americans to mean conversation?
- Is dialog not used in British English for the window on a computer screen?
- Is there any other difference I'm not aware of, or perhaps a better explanation for the two versions?