American and British English spelling differences facts for kids

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British spellings in NEJM 1814
An 1814 American medical text showing British English spellings that were still in use ("tumours", "colour", "centres", etc.).

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

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

Another difference is the use of '-ize' or '-ization' in American English and '-ise' or '-isation' in British English. Some examples of this are:

  • Realize and realise
  • Organization and organisation

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