American English, British English

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English is English, right?

If your answer is “Yes”, then why do we call some American English, others British English, and then more: Canadian English, Australian English?

Simple answer. The difference lies in style of usage. You see, there are differences in the way some words are written, pronounced, and even in the meaning implied. Let’s look at some of these differences below:

 Differences in Spelling

American  English British English
1. Word endings: -erFiberTheaterCenterMeterLiterCaliber

Somber

Luster

-reFibreTheatreCentreMetreLitreCalibreSombre

Lustre

-ize (-ization)Civilize, civilizationRealizeOrganizeRecognize -ise (-isationCivilise, civilisationRealiseOrganiseRecognise
-yzeAnalyzeParalyzeCatalyzeHydrolyze -yseAnalyseParalyseCatalyseHydrolyse
Single consonants (l, p, s, t)Traveling / TravelerCanceledQuarrelingModeling Double consonantsTravelling / TravellerCancelledQuarrellingModelling
Drop the “e”AgingRoutingLikableJudgmentUnshakableUsable Retain the “e”AgeingRouteingLikeableJudgementUnshakeableUseable
“e”FetusManeuverEncyclopediaFecesGynecologyAnesthesia

Diarrhea

Ameba

Leukemia

“Ae” or “oe”FoetusManoeuvreEncyclopaediaFaecesGynaecologyAnaesthesiaDiarrhoea

Amoeba

Leukaemia

Past tense verbs: -edDreamedLearnedSpoiledBurned -tDreamtLearntSpoiltBurnt
-orHonorLaborEndeavorColorFlavorRumor

Neighor

Humor

Harbor

Behavior

-ourHonourLabourEndeavourColourFlavourRumourNeighbour

Humour

Harbour

Behaviour

OthersProgramCatalogTonOmeletCheckPajamasEnroll

Fulfill

Dietitian

Draft

Donut (sometimes doughnut)

Gray

Mold*

Skeptical

Smolder

Gelatin

Tire

Artifact

Cantaloupe

Yogurt

Raccoon

Mustache

Pygmy

Phony

Sulfur

ProgrammeCatalogueTonneOmeletteChequePyjamasEnrol

Fulfil

Dietician

Draught

Doughnut

Grey

Mould

Sceptical

Smoulder

Gelatine

Tyre

Artefact

Cantaloup

Yoghurt

Racoon

Moustache

Pigmy

Phoney

Sulphur

Different spelling, different pronunciation

AluminumJewelryAssAirplaneCarburetor  /’kɑrbəreitər/OrientedQuint (abbreviation of quintuplets)Sled

Specialty

AluminiumJewelleryArseAeroplaneCarburettor  /kɑrbə’rεtər/OrientatedQuinSledge

Speciality

Contracted words

British: (No periods) Dr, Mr, Mrs, Jr, Ave, St

American: (add periods) Dr., Mr., Mrs. Jr. Ave. St.

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