Internet culture spells doom for strait-laced orthographers Straight-laced vs strait-laced free reign vs free rein colour vs color honour vs honour ok sure they are misspelt. But honestly. What is the purpose of speech and writing? It is the method to communicate or rather articulate meaning. So if you look at it. If I use free reign in proper context. It wouldnt change at all if the context is exactly the same but you use free rein. "I give free reign to the middle eastern countries to design and use weapons of mass destruction." "I give free rein to the middle eastern countries to design and use weapons of mass destruction." One is reign which says soverign power. One is rein which says restrain or control. But in the context and meaning of the sentance. The idea that is being articulated is exactly the same. I am giving free "control or soverign power of oneself" to the middle eastern countries to design and use weapons of mass destruction. or "I like the colour blue" "I like the color blue" So seeing as it really doesnt make any difference. Its just stupid to resist change.