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
                                daydream           day-dream
                                decarburizing      decarburising
                                decolorizing       decolourising
                                defense            defence
                                deflexion          deflection
                                demeanor           demeanour
                                deodorizing        deodorising
                                depolarizing       depolarising
                                depolymerizing     depolymerising
                                desensitizer       desensitiser
                                desulfurizing      desulfurising
                                dialling           dialing
                                dialog             dialogue
                                dialyze            dialyse
                                diarrhea           diarrhoea
                                dike               dyke
                                disk               disc
                                disulfide          disulphide
                                dolor              dolour
                                donut              doughnut
                                doodad             doodah
                                draft              draught
                                drypoint           dry-point

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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