American and British English Spelling Differences

American and British English Spelling Differences

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In our globalization world English is the most popular and talked language around the world. But in writing we face two most popular spelling varieties named: American English and British English. Although in pronunciation there are similarities, some differences can be found spelling writing between American and British English. These differences are found mainly in vowel and consonants, as well as stress and intonation. And these differences are responsible for creating common spelling differences. Mainly Commonwealth countries follow British spelling.

 

Reasons for spelling differences between the same language

There are a lot of causes, but a key reason is because British English has tried for the most part to keep the spelling of the words it has borrowed from other countries. In British English, some words from French, Latin or Greek end with a consonant followed by an unstressed -re (pronounced /ə(r)/), where most of the words of modern American English have the ending -er.

For example:

In British English         :          Centre
In American English    :          Center
In British English         :          Labour
In American English    :          Labor
Like this a lot of varieties are found between American and British English. We found British English keeps the spelling of the words it has borrowed from. So, sometimes it gets more difficult to spell. But American English adapts the spelling of words according to English pronunciation. This effort make spelling easier. So, it is getting more popular day by day and used widely.

 

Some common American and British English spellings

American spelling

British spelling

Armor
Armour
Aging
Ageing
Airplane
Aeroplane
Analog
Analogue
Analyze
Analyse
Anemia
Anaemia
Apologize
Apologise
Argument
Argument
Behavior
Behaviour
Bank
Banque
Caliber
Calibre
Catalog
Catalogue
Center
Centre
Check
Cheque
Checker
Chequer
Counseling
Counselling
Criticize
Criticise
Color
Colour
Cozy
Cosy
Dialog
Dialogue
Diarrhea
Diarrhoea
Draft
Draught
Defense
Defence
Endeavor
Endeavour
Enrollment
Enrolment
Epilog
Epilogue
Equaling
Equalling
Encyclopedia
Encyclopaedia
Estrogen
Oestrogen
Favorite
Favourite
Flavor
Flavour
Fiber
Fibre
Fulfill
Fulfil
Glamor
Glamour
Gray
Grey
Honor 
Honour
Humor
Humour
Labor 
Labour
Liter
Litre
License
Licence
Louver
Louvre
Luster
Lustre
Leukemia
Leukaemia
Jewelry 
Jewellery
Judgment
Judgement
Kilometer 
Kilometre
Memorize
Memorise
Modeling
Modelling
Mom
Mum
Mold
Mould
Minimize
Minimise
Maneuver
Manoeuvre
Meager
Meagre
Meter
Metre
Neighbor 
Neighbour
Odor 
Odour
Offense
Offence
Organize
Organise
Paralyze 
Paralyse
Patronize
Patronise
Plow
Plough
Practice
Practise
Prize
Prise
Pediatric
Paediatric
Program
Programme
Quarreling 
Quarrelling
Realize 
Realise
Recognize
Recognise
Rumor 
Rumour
Savor
Savour
Saber
Sabre
Scepter
Sceptre
Somber
Sombre
Skillful
Skilful
Splendor
Splendour
Socialize
Socialise
Specialize 
Specialise
Signaling
Signalling
Sulfur
Sulphur
Theater
Theatre
Traveled
Travelled
Traveler
Traveller
Traveling
Travelling
Tire
Tyre
Vapor
Vapour
Vigor
Vigour
Woolen
Woollen
Whiskey
Whisky

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