tangor - 12:11 am on Aug 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
I think part of the misunderstanding here is that people outside of the UK cannot understand that "inquiry" to us means a formal, organised investigation normally held by a group of people. For example yesterday there were calls in parliament for a public inquiry into the riots in English cities. If someone in the UK had written "calls for a public enquiry" it would look wrong, it would be seen as wrong and it is wrong. ;)
Means the same in the US... Not much difference after all... We have inquiries by groups into matters, and people do inquire "information" all the time (and if it is spelled with an "e" we still get it).