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What would the correct term be? I see both being
used and I am very confused by it. Thanks...
1 comment Honour is British English spelling and honor is American English spelling.
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Does anyone know why U.S. English spellings drop the "u" in some words? E.g. colour/color, honour/honor and neighbour/neighbor ... How did this come about?
I'm not completely sure, but I think it's basically because when Webster created the American dictionary, he/she dropped letters to make the words easier and more logical to spell. For example, British: through & American: thru; the American spelling makes more sense, because it's is spelt phoenetically, the way it sounds; this was Webster's aim.
1 comment if you are honourable, you would use honour instead of honor.
The proper spelling is 'through' for both languages. 'Thru' is just the informal way of spelling it. To answer the question, it should have been originally spelt honor (Latin word 'honoris', not 'honouris')
Honour is also Canadian though.... right? Do you know? I think it is....
We Americans have always been more interested in practicality than in formality; therefore, we tend to shorten many things - from our words to our lifestyle choices - to move more efficiently.