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Spelling Science the British Way

Have you seen some funny spelling in books or web pages from other countries?

  • caesium
  • colour
  • litre
  • oesophagus

It may be wrong here, but right in another country—even though it’s all English!

In America, we spell some words our way. In England, Scotland, and Wales, they spell it the British way. And in countries like Canada, they spell some words the British way and other words more like the American way. Confused? Check out the table below to see some of the differences.

 

British spellingAmerican spelling
aluminiumaluminum
amoebaameba
anaemiaanemia
anaesthesiaanesthesia
analyseanalyze
caesiumcesium
catalysecatalyze
centrecenter
colourcolor
faecesfeces
fibrefiber
flavourflavor
foetalfetal
greygray
hydrolysehydrolyze
kilometrekilometer
labourlabor
litreliter
metremeter
mouldmold
oesophagusesophagus
orthopaedicorthopedic
paediatricpediatric
palaeontologypaleontology
paralyseparalyze
programmeprogram
sulphursulfur

 

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