Spelling Test 5
British or American Spelling?

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Can you tell British style spelling from American style? Test yourself on these crucial words. Note: 'American' and 'British' apply to two styles of spelling, not to nationalities, and hence are distributed across Canada, India etc as well as in the UK and USA.

1 honour A. British   B. American     C. Both    
2 meter A. British   B. American     C. Both    
3 medieval A. British   B. American     C. Both    
4 catalyze A. British   B. American     C. Both    
5 labor A. British   B. American     C. Both  
6 waggon A. British   B. American     C. Both  
7 favour A. British   B. American     C. Both  
8 neighbour A. British   B. American     C. Both    
9 travelling A. British   B. American     C. Both  
10 encyclopedia A. British   B. American     C. Both        
11 moustache A. British   B. American     C. Both  
12 color A. British   B. American     C. Both  
13 paralyse A. British   B. American     C. Both  
14 extol A. British   B. American     C. Both  
15 center A. British   B. American     C. Both  
16 dialogue A. British   B. American     C. Both  
17 molt A. British   B. American     C. Both  
18 analyse A. British   B. American     C. Both  
19 plow A. British   B. American     C. Both  
20 sulphur A. British   B. American     C. Both  
21 vigour A. British   B. American     C. Both  
22 skeptic A. British   B. American     C. Both  
23 catalog A. British   B. American     C. Both  
24 enrol A. British   B. American     C. Both  
25 archaeologist A. British   B. American     C. Both  
26 fulfil A. British   B. American     C. Both  
27 glamour A. British   B. American     C. Both  
28 theatre A. British   B. American     C. Both  
29 saviour A. British   B. American     C. Both  
30 distill A. British   B. American     C. Both  
31 litre A. British   B. American     C. Both  

Note: in British English the different spellings often have different meanings: for instance while the usual spelling is programme, program is used for computers; meter is a machine, metre a measurement, etc

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For words with different meanings in British and American English go to American English Word test and for more information on spelling differences go to Spelling Varieties