American vs British - British English vs American English spelling. American vs British spelling differences.

American vs. British English spelling differences

Color or colour? Check or cheque? Mommy or Mummy? Analyze or analyse?

 

There are several areas in which American and British English spelling can be different. In American English words are often spelled closer to what they actually sound like. American spelling is also closest to its Latin ancestor, while British spelling is closest to the Middle English form of the word.
 
Just some examples:
 
-ENSE in American English corresponds to -ENCE in British English. #Defense vs. defence

-ER in American English corresponds to -RE in British English. #Center vs. centre

-OR in American English corresponds to -OUR in British English. #Color vs. colour

-ED in American English corresponds to -T in British English. #Learned vs. learnt

-K in American English corresponds to -QUE in British English. #Bank vs. banque

-IZE in American English corresponds to -ISE in British English. #Analyze vs. analyse

-LL in American English corresponds to -L in British English. #Fulfill vs. fulfil

-OG in American English corresponds to -OGUE in British English. #Dialog vs. dialogue
 
 
In addition, some common words are spelled differently in American and British English. #Program vs. programme, whiskey vs. whisky.

If you are sometimes wondering whether a word is spelled differently in British or American English, just use this simple overview chart!

        

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