British English versus American English

George Bernard Shaw once said:

“England and America are two countries separated by a common language.”

The English language is spoken widely around the world, however, there are still many variations in the way it is used, none more so than when we look at the differences between British English and American English. Here are a few examples.

Different spellings

British EnglishAmerican English
tyretire
favouritefavorite
colourcolor
theatretheater
pyjamaspajamas
analyseanalyze
neighbourneighbor
jewelleryjewelry
moustachemustache

Different words

British EnglishAmerican English
aubergineeggplant
pavementsidewalk
candy flosscotton candy
crispschips
liftelevator
chipsfries
chemistdrugstore
bagpurse
courgettezucchini

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