Arghh! I'm Affected
It's just been pointed out to me that I spell "plowing" as "ploughing," and that this is an affectation, adopting the British spelling for a word that is fully within American English.
It does look pompous, doesn't it?
In my defense, I had no idea that I was doing this. I just typed "...so I am ploughing through the Science Fiction lectures as quickly as I can." It just came naturally.
Damn you, William Langland. Damn you to hell!
[Update: It gets worse. In my own Vita I have an article on Piers Plowman. Yes, spelled that way. I'm not just affected, I'm newly affected!]