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Excuse my stupid question, but does "favorite" and "favourite" means the same? Is there a difference?
Thank you in advance =)
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2 comments'Favourite' and 'favorite' both mean the same. While the former (favourite) is used in British English, the latter (favorite) is American English.
There are a number of these, Anon-- color/colour, rancor/rancour, humor/humour. The main purpose of their existence seems to be to confuse learners and incite friendly argument among native speakers.
Exactly! It justifies my incinuating that Americans can't concentrate on as many letters as English people.
Bring it on!!
Only joking; you guys are great!
I will definitely try to argue with my teacher who is British next time. On a serious note, does anyone know why tey are differently spelled?
A simplified summary from Wikipedia:
Many of the now characteristic American English spellings were introduced, although often not created, by Noah Webster in his An American Dictionary of the English Language of 1828.
Webster was a strong proponent of spelling reform for reasons both philological and nationalistic. Many spelling changes proposed in the U.S. by Webster himself, and in the early 20th century by the Simplified Spelling Board, never caught on. Among the advocates of spelling reform in England , the influences of those who preferred the Norman (or Anglo-French ) spellings of certain words proved decisive. Subsequent spelling adjustments in the UK had little effect on present-day U.S. spelling, and vice versa. While in many cases American English deviated in the 19th century from mainstream British spelling, on the other hand it has also often retained older forms.
I think that "favourite" is the Canadian way of spelling and and "favorite" is the American way.
Well, in my class of English litterature, a couple of year ago, I saw a documentary made by CBC and ABC showing how spelling of a lot of words changed within the community of the settlers of the Thirteen Colonies in 18th century (1700 to 1800 for those "uneducated" american lol i'm gonna be shot for this... lol). It is actually common that spelling and pronounciation of words in a colony change from the way they are in their mother-country (I've been to Australia in 2000 for the Olympics and had to re-learn English...) It's only because languages evolve and geographical and social component enrich it differently from place to place. Americans eat french fries, Englishs eat chips, and Frenchs eat "patates frites" ("patates" = potatoes, "frites" = fries, French sintax is simply inverted in English)(please note that in French there no allusion to the... French part of the thing...). Same phenomenon occured in New-France; we Quebecer (your French-Canadians neighbours) have often some trouble understanding the languages our French "cousins" speak,(opposite is true as well...)
AnonymousI think that "favourite" is the Canadian way of spelling and and "favorite" is the American way. Er... and yes most Canadians use "favourite" (the British way) because they have been parts of the British Empire for longer than Americans.
Thanks for having read this little History and Social Sciences class!
"favorite" is the American spelling; "favourite" is British