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American vs. British Spellings & Other Notes on Spelling + Quiz

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  • fellonr says:

    I was born in Bermuda which is British Oversees Territory, we were taught the British and American way of spelling. This quiz had me thinking, as I used both interchangeably at times!


  • says:

    I read an interesting article recently about why American English and British English have these inconsistencies.

    The article stated that during the early days of Colonial America, printers would often charge by the letter, which forced publications to either pay more money, or get rid of erroneous letters.

    Since it was cheaper, many publications got rid of the extra, “L,” took the, “U,” out of, “colour,” and various other changes.

    It also stated that the presses weren’t perfect, so typos eventually led to words like, “theater,” instead of the original, “theatre.”

    • lindae says:

      That is interesting! Thanks for sharing. I really enjoy finding out the origin of certain phrases too. It’s pretty surprising where some of them come from! E.g., “butter someone up” came from an ancient Indian custom that involved throwing balls of clarified butter at statues of the gods to seek favor. Who knew, right?

  • Djo says:

    I am English and I know this area could be my Achille’s heel. I know the obvious stuff about the single l and no u, but the c/s and s/z totally gets me messed up. Seems that the double r does too!
    Some differences I find by chance – like analog – there was a sign in my kid’s classroom by the clock. I had no idea that the ue had been dropped from the end!

    • lindae says:

      I can see where that could be confusing. I just looked up “catalogue” in the online Webster’s dictionary to see what it shows. It shows catalogue as a “variant” of catalog, but for “travelling,” it just has “or” between that spelling and “traveling,” even though the second L has been dropped in the U.S. for quite a while. So how do you know? I wonder if there’s a dictionary of “American” spellings you could get. I searched online for “American vs. British spellings” and got several hits. This looks like a good resource: You might want to download or print it and keep it handy.

      And never hesitate to ask me or in our Facebook group. We all help each other out. The public FB page is at
      groups/103946713273425/. If you sign up for the rest of the course, you can also join the private group at
      /groups/1597071013911390/. And I’m sure your clients will tell you if the SP is not correct for the U.S. Just another thing you’ll have to watch for…

  • emeasles says:

    From what I found on #19, calendar and calender are both correct spellings for two different definitions.

    • lindae says:

      In this case, since no one probably even knows what a calender is (a machine that presses a substance between two rollers to form a thin sheet — never heard of it!), I think we’re safe to assume this question is referring to a calendar with dates on it. Of course, there’s also a colander, a perforated utensil for washing or draining food, if we want to make it even more confusing. =0) So the correct answer is with the A rather than the E.

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