American and British English Spelling Differences

American English and British English spell some words differently


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.

Here are the main spelling differences between American and British English

1. 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

2. Words ending in -ll vs. -l

American English vs. British English:

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

3. Words ending in -og vs. -ogue

American English vs. British English:

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

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

American English vs. British English:

  • Bank - Banque
  • Check - Cheque
  • Checker - Chequer

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

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

American English vs. British English:

  • Aging - Ageing
  • Argument - Argument
  • Judgment - Judgement

9. Words ending in -ed vs. -t

American English vs. British English:

  • Dreamed - Dreamt
  • Burned - Burnt
  • Learned - Learnt

10. Words ending in -ense vs. -ence

American English vs. British English:

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

11. 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

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