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American and British Spelling
Posted on November 10, 2013

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Wayne
9:59 AM on February 28, 2014 
Some points:

Licence and License both exist in Britain, the noun is written with a C and the verb with an S.

Bank is never written as Banque unless by a French person!!

Words like mediaeval and medieval are both acceptable ways of writing the word on a modern keyboard, the original words used the letter Æ (æ) which only remains in use today in some scandinavian langauges like Danish and Norwegian. There was a similar separate letter made up of an O and an E which similarly explains "manoeuvre", a word of French origin.

In Britain, 100cm is a metre, but a measuring device is written as "gas meter" or "electricity meter".

Programme is correct in Britain, except when talking about a computer program!


The English language is a hybrid of Germanic, Scandinavian and Latin influences and continues to absorb words from other languages like a sponge. It caln't be explained, it can't be tamed, it is a wild and voracious beast!!

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