Spellcheck: American vs. British spelling Posted by Gabriele on Jun 19, 2014 in English Vocabulary
We all know that there are vocabulary differences between British and American English. In fact, I have written about this topic in the past, but today I thought we would take a look at this summary infografic by Grammar.net that highlights more than just vocabulary differences. Here you can see that there are a number of systematic spelling differences among words used in America and Great Britain.
You can read about the difference highlighted in the Grammar.net infographic yourself, so let me present a few other systematic spelling differences between the USA and Great Britain that are not covered in the graphic above.
-our vs. -or
Most words that end in an unstressed -our in British English end in -or in American English.
American English: color, flavor, humor
British English: colour, flavour, humour
-er vs. –re
Most English words that today end in -er were once spelled -re. In American English, most of the old –re spelling has been changed to -er spelling, but in British English only some words have made this change.
American English: liter, theater, center
British English: litre, theatre, centre
-yse vs. -yze
In British English words end in -yse with ‘s’, whereas in American English words end in –yze, with ‘z’.
American English: analyze, paralyze
British English: analyse, paralyse
-logue vs. –log and –gogue vs. –gog
In British English the word endings –logue and –gogue are used over the word ending –log and –gog, which are found in American English.
American English: catalog, dialog, analog
British English: catalogue, dialogue, analogue
Keep in mind with these spelling differences that both ways of spelling these words are correct, they are just correct in different places in the world. Also it is good to note that the Australians and Canadians tend to follow the British spelling rules, not the American’s rules.
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