Spelling Variations between American Spelling and British Spelling

Spelling Variations between American Spelling and British Spelling :

The Internet is a worldwide medium, and to our pleasure, surfers from around the globe access our pages daily. Often, they find the same word is spelled differently throughout this site. The same word can even be spelled differently on the same page! Some users become upset about our spelling. They ask us why we spell the words on our pages the way we do.

Our answer is this. When preparing entries for our pages, we use the spelling of words that each individual contributor uses. That's because people spell the same word differently in different parts of the world. We do hope you find this a reasonable explanation. We do not intend to offend anyone's sensibilities over this point.

When this page was originally published, it contained about 200 words. Most of the words were about work and organizations. Over time, our spelling word list has been expanded to include words from many sources. People refer to our word list to help themselves with spelling difficulties of all kinds, not just labour related word problems.

Below, we present a list of spelling variations that appear in the English language. There are over 450 entries in this listing. Looking at the pairs of words will you give an idea of the same word spellings in use. Other sites present web pages that contain a list of rules, variants, exceptions and the like to help writers to remember how to spell a particular word. Other pages provide guidelines about how to spell in an American style and how to spell in a British style. This list is simply a column of word pairs and we've found it easier just to look up the spelling variations.

                                AMERICAN           BRITISH

                                abridgment         abridgement
                                accouterment       accoutrement
                                acknowledgment     acknowledgement
                                advertize          advertise
                                afterward          afterwards
                                agonize            agonise
                                airplane           aeroplane
                                almshouse          almhouse
                                aluminum           aluminium
                                ambiance           ambience
                                ameba              amoeba
                                amphitheater       amphitheatre
                                analog             analogue
                                analyze            analyse
                                analyzed           analysed
                                analyzer           analyser
                                analyzing          analysing
                                anemia             anaemia
                                anemic             anaemic
                                anesthesia         anaesthesia
                                anesthetic         anaesthetic
                                anesthetizing      anaesthetising
                                annex              annexe
                                anodizing          anodising
                                antiaircraft       anti-aircraft
                                apologize          apologise
                                apothegm           apophthegm
                                arbor              arbour
                                archeology         archaeology
                                archiepiscopal     archipiscopal
                                ardor              ardour
                                armor              armour
                                armored            armoured
                                armorer            armourer
                                armoring           armouring
                                armory             armoury
                                artifact           artefact
                                atchoo             atishoo
                                atomizer           atomiser
                                atomizing          atomising
                                ax                 axe

Of course, we might have completely ommitted few other words. We do appreciate notification of those words. Thank you for your interest.

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