American and British English spelling differences

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American English and British English spell some words differently.

One difference is that some words that have 'er' at the end in the US have 're' at the end in the UK. Some examples of this are:

  • center and centre
  • theater and theatre[1]

Another difference is that some words with 'or' at the end in the US have 'our' at the end in the UK. Some examples of this are:

  • color and colour
  • favor and favour
  • glamor and glamour
  • honor and honour

Another difference is words that have one 'l' in the US, but two in the UK.

  • traveled/traveling/traveler and travelled/travelling/traveller

Notes[change | change source]

  1. In the US, theatre is sometimes used to mean stage performance, as opposed to a place where movies are shown.