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A definition of draft: a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg; "they served beer on draft"

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Or, in proper English, draught.

 

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You mean in the dialect spoken predominantly on the British Isles. English, despite its namesake, is a West Germanic language, derived from several sources long ago, the combination of which created the language we speak today. The language is actually derived from the dialect of the old West Germanic languages, combined and spoken on the British Isles. When England became a colonial superpower (so to speak) their language obviously went with it. Mix that language with the influences of the lands England conquered during its hayday, and viola, you get the wide variety of dialects out there today. Pronunciations and spellings are bound to differ around the globe.

 

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But when referring to anything beer-related, it is always spelled draught no matter if you're on Mars.

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But when referring to anything beer-related, it is always spelled draught no matter if you're on Mars.

 

 

I don't know what they call it or how they do it in other countries, but in the US, in my many, many years of beer drinking experience, "Draught" has been reserved for any European imported stock, to keep that whole "importedy" feel to it, while American beers, including South American and Central American, have been referred to as "Draft".

 

Now, if the photo was taken in an English pub, then by all means, the correct spelling should have been "Draught" as that would be "proper" English, and they are after all standing IN England. Likewise, if it was in a bar in the US, and the lever he is holding is attached to a keg of English beer, or even Belgian or German beer, it still would have been more appropriate to spell it "Draught" since it is a European import. But if he is standing in a bar in the US, groping a lever for a keg of old Milwalkee (the choice beer of alcoholics in the US, and the president IS a "recovering" alcoholic after all) then "Draft" was the correct spelling.

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