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
                                caesarean          caesarian
                                caldron            cauldron
                                caliber            calibre
                                caliper            calliper
                                calisthenics       callisthenics
                                canceling          cancelling
                                candor             candour
                                carbonization      carbonisation
                                carburetor         carburetter
                                carburetor         carburettor
                                carburizing        carburising
                                carcass            carcas
                                catalog            catalogue
                                catalyze           catalyse
                                cauterization      cauterisation
                                cauterizing        cauterising
                                center             centre
                                centerboard        centreboard
                                centerfold         centrefold
                                centering          centring
                                centimeter         centimetre
                                centralize         centralise
                                cesarean           cesarian
                                cesium             caesium
                                channeled          channelled
                                characterize       characterise
                                check              cheque
                                checker            chequer
                                chili              chilli
                                Christianized      Christianised
                                cigaret            cigarette
                                citrus             citrous
                                civilization       civilisation
                                civilize           civilise
                                clamor             clamour
                                clangor            clangour
                                collectible        collectable
                                colonnaded         collonaded
                                color              colour
                                colored            coloured
                                colorful           colourful
                                coloring           colouring
                                colter             coulter
                                commission         commision
                                complete           compleat
                                conjuror           conjurer
                                counselor          counsellor
                                cozies             cosies
                                cozy               cosy
                                criticize          criticise
                                cross-linking      crosslinking
                                crystallizing      crystallising
                                curb               kerb
                                cyclization        cyclisation
                                cyclopedia         cyclopaedia

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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