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.



Ade said...

British English spelling seems to prevail in most British Commonwealth countries whereas American English spelling is found in the US. Since Canada is adjacent to the US I imagine they have adopted the US spelling too but I could be wrong.

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