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Discussion » Questions » History » Is American spelling simply part of the Revolution?

Is American spelling simply part of the Revolution?

UK: Honour
US: Honor

UK: Colour
US: Color

UK: Valour
US: Valor

UK: What are you doing?
US: Getting rid of u.

Posted - November 7, 2019

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  • 1058
    I like it!
      November 7, 2019 4:25 PM MST
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  • 5463
    As Ben Franklin said in 1776, "We are a rougher, simpler people, and we require a new nation." American English has developed along the same lines, with, for example, simpler spelling.
      November 7, 2019 4:45 PM MST
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  • 28508
    What is the purpouse of the 'u'?
      November 7, 2019 5:21 PM MST
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  • 9221
    It's a manoeuvre.

    (Did your head just explode?)
      November 7, 2019 5:34 PM MST
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  • 5463
    No. British English just has superfluous letters that look ridiculous.
      November 7, 2019 6:33 PM MST
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  • 9221
    Derived from French - the O is superfluous. Using "honour" as an example, from Fr honneur. You Yanks dropped the wrong letter.
      November 7, 2019 8:51 PM MST
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  • 5463
    But it doesn't really matter, does it?
      November 7, 2019 9:04 PM MST
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  • 46234
    Put the f in front of it and it speaks volumes.  
      November 7, 2019 7:09 PM MST
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  • 46234
    I am a spelling Bee.   

    I am Bee.  

    It is spelled the same in all English versions.  

    (sorry I'm at work and it's all I could come up with)

    This post was edited by WM BARR . =ABSOLUTE TRASH at November 8, 2019 7:57 AM MST
      November 7, 2019 7:07 PM MST
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  • 5463
    No, I AM SPELLING BEE! LOL. This post was edited by Stu Spelling Bee at November 8, 2019 7:57 AM MST
      November 7, 2019 9:05 PM MST
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  • We just spell it logically and following other phonetic precedents.  
      November 7, 2019 11:39 PM MST
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  • 11473
    If that was the case, then we wouldn't need the"k" in knife, the "t" in often, "believe" would be spelled "beleeve."  There are any number of cases where there are superfluous letters in words.
      November 8, 2019 9:38 AM MST
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  • We are working on it. 
      November 8, 2019 10:28 AM MST
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  • Is it pronounced on-or OR on-our?  Nuff said.
      November 8, 2019 10:29 AM MST
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  • 11473
    Ahner.
      November 8, 2019 11:17 AM MST
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  • ;)
      November 8, 2019 11:54 AM MST
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  • 28508
    Ahnuh if you are from New England.
      November 8, 2019 1:58 PM MST
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  • Fay-(v)or like the word or.  Not fay-(v)our like the word our.   Honor?  Same. Color? Same
      November 8, 2019 4:22 PM MST
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  • 4016
    If you want an example of American English ... look at the journals of Lewis and Clark.
    It's all phonics.
      November 8, 2019 2:38 PM MST
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  • 28508
    (Fonix)
      November 8, 2019 5:08 PM MST
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