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British and American spelling

Posted: May 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

Source: Oxford Dictionary

There are several areas in which British and American spelling are different. These are the main ones to be aware of. 

Words ending in –re 

British English words that end in -re often end in -er in American English:

 

British

US

centre

center

fibre

fiber

litre

liter

theatre

theater or theatre

 

Words ending in -our

 

British English words ending in -our usually end in -or in American English:

 

British

US

colour

color

flavour

flavor

humour

humor

labour

labor

neighbour

neighbor

  

Words ending in -ize or -ise

Verbs in British English that can be spelled with either -ize or -ise at the end are always spelled with -ize at the end in American English:

 

British

US

apologize or apologise

apologize

organize or organise

organize

recognize or recognise

recognize

 

 

Words ending in -yse

 

Verbs in British English that end in -yse are always spelled -yze in American English:

 

British

US

analyse

analyze

breathalyse

breathalyze

paralyse

paralyze

 

 

Words ending in a vowel plus l

 

In British spelling, verbs ending in a vowel plus l double the l when adding endings that begin with a vowel. In American English, the l is not doubled:

 

British

US

travel

travel

travelled

traveled

travelling

traveling

traveller

traveler

 

fuel

fuel

fuelled

fueled

fuelling

fueling

 

 

Words spelled with double vowels

 

British English words that are spelled with the double vowels ae or oe are just spelled with an e in American English:

 

British

US

leukaemia

leukemia

manoeuvre

maneuver

oestrogen

estrogen

paediatric

pediatric

 

Note that in American English, certain terms, such as archaeology, keep the ae spelling as standard, although the spelling with just the e (i.e. archeology) is usually acceptable as well.

 

 

Nouns ending with –ence

 

Some nouns that end with -ence in British English are spelled -ense in American English:

 

British

US

defence

defense

licence

license

offence

offense

pretence

pretense

 

 

Nouns ending with –ogue

 

Some nouns that end with -ogue in British English end with either -og or -ogue in American English:

 

British

US

analogue

analog or analogue

catalogue

catalog or catalogue

dialogue

dialog or dialogue

 

The distinctions here are not hard and fast. The spelling analogue is acceptable but not very common in American English; catalog has become the US norm, but catalogue is not uncommon; dialogue is still preferred over dialog.

 

 

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  • May 14, 2011 at 8:52 am Shafiul

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