American and British English Spelling Differences

American English and British English spell some words differently


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The list below provides differences between American and British English spelling that you should know.

American English is the form of English used in the United States. It includes all English dialects used within the United States of America. British English is the form of English used in the United Kingdom. It includes all English dialects used within the United Kingdom.

It can be said that American English has the more economical and phonetic spelling. Unnecessary letters are left out and words are spelled how they sound.

American and British English Spelling Differences

Words ending in -or vs. -our

American English vs. British English:

  • Armor – Armour
  • Behavior – Behaviour
  • Color – Colour
  • Endeavor – Endeavour
  • Favorite – Favourite
  • Flavor – Flavour
  • Glamor – Glamour
  • Honor – Honour
  • Humor – Humour
  • Labor – Labour
  • Neighbor – Neighbour
  • Odor – Odour
  • Rumor – Rumour
  • Savor – Savour
  • Splendor – Splendour
  • Vigor – Vigour

Words ending in -ll vs. -l

American English vs. British English:

  • Enrollment – Enrolment
  • Fulfill – Fulfil
  • Jewelry – Jewellery
  • Skillful – Skilful

Words ending in -og vs. -ogue

American English vs. British English:

  • Analog – Analogue
  • Boogeyman – Bogeyman
  • Catalog – Catalogue
  • Dialog – Dialogue

Words ending in -ck or -k vs. -que

American English vs. British English:

  • Bank – Banque
  • Check – Cheque
  • Checker – Chequer

Words ending in -ze vs. -se

American English vs. British English:

  • Analyze – Analyse
  • Apologize – Apologise
  • Criticize – Criticise
  • Memorize – Memorise
  • Minimize – Minimise
  • Organize – Organise
  • Paralyze – Paralyse
  • Patronize – Patronise
  • Prize – Prise
  • Realize – Realise
  • Recognize – Recognise
  • Socialize – Socialise
  • Specialize – Specialise

Words ending in -er vs. -re

American English vs. British English:

  • Center – Centre
  • Amphitheater – Amphitheatre
  • Caliber – Calibre
  • Fiber – Fibre
  • Kilometer – Kilometre
  • Liter – Litre
  • Louver – Louvre
  • Luster – Lustre
  • Maneuver – Manoeuvre
  • Meager – Meagre
  • Meter – Metre
  • Saber – Sabre
  • Scepter – Sceptre
  • Somber – Sombre
  • Theater – Theatre

Words ending in -e vs. -oe or -ae

American English vs. British English:

  • Encylopedia – Encycopaedia
  • Estrogen – Oestrogen
  • Leukemia – Leukaemia
  • Maneuver – Manoeuvre
  • Medieval – Mediaeval
  • Pediatric – Paediatric

Words ending in -dg vs. -dge (or -g vs. -gu)

American English vs. British English:

  • Aging – Ageing
  • Argument – Argument
  • Judgment – Judgement

Words ending in -ed vs. -t

American English vs. British English:

  • Dreamed – Dreamt
  • Burned – Burnt
  • Learned – Learnt

Words ending in -ense vs. -ence

American English vs. British English:

  • Defense – Defence
  • License – Licence
  • Offense – Offence
  • Pretense – Pretence

Words ending in a vowel plus -l

American English vs. British English:

  • Counseling – Counselling
  • Equaling – Equalling
  • Fueled – Fuelled
  • Fueling – Fuelling
  • Modeling – Modelling
  • Quarreling – Quarrelling
  • Signaling – Signalling
  • Traveled – Travelled
  • Traveler – Traveller
  • Traveling – Travelling

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American and British English Spelling

American and British English Spelling


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