[This article is a sequel to American Spellings for British Schools? in J21, 1997/1]
Choosing between American and British spellings as standards for written
English. Part 2.
In Part 1: Preface |
between British and American English | Index of
Topics of detailed analysis
Topic 12. Alphabetical list of recommended spellings.
In the following list recommended spellings are listed in plain type, while
non-recommended forms are listed in italics with the preferred alternative following
in plain type. Most of the preferred forms are standard in America, but a few are in
minority or non-standard usage there, and a few are standard in Britain but not in
America. For words recommended with two spellings (eg, behove, behoove), each
represents a different pronunciation. Some words (eg, macabre) are listed
simply to show that an otherwise regular pattern of change (here, -re > -er) does
not apply, and the form 'macaber' is not available.
A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. K. L. M. N. O. P. Q. R. S. T. U. V. W. X. Y. Z.
kerb (+s) > curb (+s)
|kidnapped > kidnaped|
kilometre (+s) > kilometer (+s)
|quarrel +ed, +ing||quarrel +led, +ling > quarrel +ed, +ing|
unnameable > unnamable
unravel +ed, +ing
unravel +led, +ling > unravel +ed, +ing
unshakeable > unshakable
untrammelled > untrammeled
useable > usable
utilise > utilize
|valor (+ize, +ous)
valour (+ise, +ous) > valor (+ize, +ous)
vaporise > vaporize
vapour (+s) > vapor (+s)
vigour > vigor (+ous)
vise (+s) > vice (+s)
visualise > visualize
|waggon (+er, +s) > wagon (+er, +s)
wagon (+er, +s)
whirr (+s) > whir (+s)
whiskey (+s) > whisky (+s)
wilful > willful
woollen > woolen
worshipped > worshiped
|yodel +ed, +ing||yodel +led, +ling > yodel +ed, +ing|
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