What Are The Differences in Spellings Between American And British English?

If you’re an American headed to England or vice versa, you won’t just see people driving on the opposite side of the road. You’re in for a whole new world of spelling. So how do you get around without making a total mess of things?

We’ll help dot the Is and cross the Ts for you!

British English vs. American English

The principal differences between spellings in American and British English are:

1. A final l is always doubled after one vowel in stressed and unstressed syllables in British English, but usually only in stressed syllables in American English.

2. Some words end in tre in British English and ter in American English.

3. Some words end in ogue in British English and og in American English.

4. Some words end in our in British English and or in American English.

5) Some verbs end in ize or ise in British English, but only in ize in American English.

English words with different spellings

In common speech, some 4,000 words are used differently in the UK from the United States. Here are examples of a few:

Aluminum is the American spelling and aluminium is the British spelling for this ductile, malleable silver-white metal.

Airplane is the American spelling and aeroplane is the British spelling. 

Aesthetics is the American spelling and esthetics is the British spelling. 

Color is the American spelling and colour is the British spelling. 

Encyclopedia is the American spelling and encyclopaedia is the British spelling.

Paralyze is the American spelling and paralyse is the British spelling.

Canceled is the American spelling, while the Brits prefer cancelled.

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