Sunday, June 3, 2012

Humor or Humour?

When I created online jokes, I was confused with keywords: humor and humour. After search on the web, I got that humor and humour actually are same word with different spelling. Humor mostly used in American English, and humour used in British English.

Most words ending in an unstressed -our in British English (e.g. colour, flavour, harbour, honour, humour, labour, neighbour, rumour) end in -or in American English (cf. color, flavor, harbor, honor, humor, labor, neighbor, rumor). Wherever the vowel is unreduced in pronunciation, this does not occur: e.g. contour, velour, paramour and troubadour are spelled thus the same everywhere.