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American / English Words

Post 1

Smiley Ben

Bizarre question here. I'm compiling a list of words like color / colour and aluminum / aluminium that are spelt differently in American and UK English. I'm stuck at about 7, but there are loads. Can you guys help me out?


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Post 2

Possum

How about axe/ax? I'm not sure about this one - the spelling seams to vary; I've read US books which say axe and some which say ax.

Armour/Armor?
Honour/Honor?


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Post 3

Davius the Mostly Competent

I think ax is spelled either way. I prefer ax because it's one less letter to type/write. Wagon might be spelled differently in the UK, I'm not sure.

flavour/flavor?

How about different words that mean the same? I've heard that:

lorry=truck
biscuit=cookie

Although I could be wrong about that second one.


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Post 4

Smiley Ben

Cool. Good. Keep 'em coming. I'm more interested in direct spellings rather than different words (i.e. color / colour, not truck, lorry), but some good suggestions.

What about words ending in ize / ise... What are they?


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Post 5

Magnolia

There are a number of words which take a "c" for nouns and an "s" for verbs in English, while in American they take an "s" for either form. One example is "defence" and "defense" -- the latter spelling is the only option offered in American usage but in English, the former is used when the word is a noun as in "... the defence of the nation".

Of course, "defense" is not a great example of a verb -- the dictionary offers "... to take a specific defensive action against ... a sporting term" -- but there are other examples. I'll post them here as I find them.


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Post 6

Possum

Centre/center

All words that Americans spell with the "-ize" suffix are spelt "-ise" in English.

Words like "defence/defense" are weird in English, because although it's spelt "defence", "defensive" is spelt with an s like in US English.


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Post 7

Davius the Mostly Competent

Here's one.

harbor/ harbour

(the verb, not the noun)


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Post 8

Metal Chicken

Lots of examples (mainly medical) where US English simplifies vowel usage from complicated UK English.
eg Anaemia (UK) becomes Anemia (US)
Oesophagus (UK) becomes Esophagus (US)
Anaesthetic (UK) becomes Anesthetic (US)


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Post 9

88425 (...older, and yet LESS wiser...???)

fetus (USA) and foetus (UK)


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Post 10

Smiley Ben

Cool!

More!


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Post 11

Davius the Mostly Competent

Many words that end in -or in US English end in -our in UK English.

Examples:
enamor/enamour
favor/favour
honor/honour
humor/humour
labor/labour
parlor/parlour
savor/savour

No, I didn't pull those off the top of my head; I have an electronic dictionary with search functions.


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Post 12

Magnolia

Licence / License -- the first one is how its spelt in English as a noun and the second is how its spelt as a verb. In American it's the same either way.


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Post 13

Saint Silent Bob of the Silent Majority

American (US)/Idiot (UK)


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Post 14

Davius the Mostly Competent

Hey! I resemble that remark! smiley - winkeye


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Post 15

Davius the Mostly Competent

Oh, and mold/mould.


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Post 16

88425 (...older, and yet LESS wiser...???)

This, I think, also works for endings -os (US) versus -ous (UK), probably with most of the same words as the -or/-our ones.

Also: sulfur (US) and sulphur (UK)


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Post 17

88425 (...older, and yet LESS wiser...???)

feces (US) and faeces (UK)

Probably lots of words where UK has -ae- and US has -e-
Same with -oe- and -e-

I think homogenous (US) and homogeneous (UK)

Also probably quite a few where US spells with -f- and UK with -ph-

You know, all the LAZY, SIMPLE ways to spell things - things that are spelt the way they sound - how ridiculous is that????


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Post 18

Davius the Mostly Competent

Well, since it's more efficient and easier to remember...


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Post 19

Davius the Mostly Competent

Another one: fervor/fervour


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Post 20

88425 (...older, and yet LESS wiser...???)

Yes - I forgot you had do dumb things down over there...


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