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Let's start a list of words spelled differently in American and Canadian English (and can someone from the UK tell me how they spell these?).

Color in America, colour in Canada

Favorite in America, Favourite in Canada

Neighbor in America, Neighbour in Canada

Is it always the 'u'?  Are there other words spelled differently?

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These are spelled with u in the UK as well, and I'm sure it's the same for Australia.

There are more like this, words ending in -our, like colour, honour, behaviour and armour, usually end in -or in American English.

There's also differences in words like centre and theatre.

And there are several more differences.

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They serve this weird french fry/gravy combination in canada called poutine.

It's only weird until you eat it, then it's the most genius culinary invention since maple syrup. Can you tell I'm Canadian?  :tongue:

In British English there's a lot of words that use the "s" instead of a "z" in words like "apologise/apologize" or "criticise/criticize".

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What about behaviour and behavior? Tyres and tires? My grandson had an old book of poems and showed me various words that he thought he knew but weren't spelled like Americans spell them. Turned out it was an olde (old) English book of poems. Bier and beer?(German)

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What about behaviour and behavior? Tyres and tires? My grandson had an old book of poems and showed me various words that he thought he knew but weren't spelled like Americans spell them. Turned out it was an olde (old) English book of poems. Bier and beer?(German)

Yes, those are the current British spellings versus American spellings.  In Canada it's "tires" as it is in the U.S.  But in Canada "behaviour" is spelled just as it is in the UK. 

Here are a few more Canadan vs. American spelling differences:

travelling vs. traveling

labelling vs. labeling

modelling vs. modeling

clamour vs. clamor

Can anyone think of some others? 

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I would like to add a few myself as well:

Left side = canadian spelling, right side = American spelling

calibre vs. caliber

behaviour vs. behavior

centimetre vs. centimeter

colour vs. color

flavour vs. flavor

marvellous vs. marvelous

savour vs. savor

worshipped vs. worshiped

sceptical vs. skeptical

rumour vs. rumor

moustache vs. mustache

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