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British and American Spelling

American words are spelt (spelled) phonetically, as they are sound.

British spelling is closest to the Middle English form of the word, where as the American spelling is closest to its Latin ancestor.

The spelling of 'Mum' and 'Mummy'

Mom and Mommy are old-English words, words that are stilled used in Birmingham and most parts of the West Midlands. It is said that when people from the West Midlands went to America many years ago they took the spelling with them, hence Americans use Mom and Mommy. 

In the West Midlands the words Mum and Mummy are frowned upon as they look and sound wrong, local schools teach the spelling of Mom and Mommy and the kids still come home with handmade cards with Mom and Mommy Spelling on.

In the North East (in Tyne and Wear) they say and write Mam and Mammy.

See our blog post Mom or Mum?


 British English

 American English

colour color
humour humor
favourite favorite
theatre theater
kilometre kilometer
mum, mam or mom * mom
cosy cozy
realise realize
dialogue dialog
traveller traveler
cheque check
jewellery jewelry
tyre tire


 British and American Vocabulary

Clothes Parts of a Car
At School In and around the House
On the Road People
Buildings / Shops Sport
Let's Eat! Other Words
  Test Yourself

Visit also our Glossary of British Words

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Mandy left Woodlands in 2003 to work in Kent schools as an ICT Consultant.
She now teaches computers at The Granville School and St. John's Primary School in Sevenoaks Kent.

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