Friday, October 26, 2018

145 American/British Words People Frequently Mix Up and Misspell


Should I use American or British English in the exam? This is one of the questions many test takers ask their IELTS package instructors. And, the answer is either. You can use either US or UK English when you take the test.

However, just because you’re allowed to use American and British English, doesn’t mean that you can needlessly switch between the two. You need to be consistent, especially when it comes to the writing tasks. Otherwise, you’ll lose points. So, stick to a single English style. Study up on its vocabulary alongside your sessions at your review center for IELTS.

Below is a list of US and UK English words that people frequently misspell. Get used to spelling them based on your preferred English style during your IELTS package sessions.


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American English
British English
1
accessorize
accessorise
2
airplane
aeroplane
3
aging
ageing
4
agonize
agonise
5
anesthetic
anaesthetic
6
analyze
analyse
7
antagonize
antagonise
8
apologize
apologise
9
appetizer
appetizer
10
archeology
archaeology
11
authorize
authorize
12
backpedaled
backpedal
13
behavior
behaviour
14
busses
buses
15
cesareans
caesarian
16
caliber
caliber
17
cancelation
cancellation
18
capitalize
capitalise
19
caramelize
caramelise
20
caroling
caroling
21
catalog
catalogue
22
categorize
categorise
23
centimeter
centimetre
24
centralize
centralise
25
center
centre
26
centerpiece
centrepiece
27
characterized
characterised
29
check
Cheque
30
circularize
circularise
31
color
colour
32
commercialize
commercialise
33
computerize
computerise
34
conceptualize
conceptualise
35
contextualize
contextualise
36
cozy
cosy
37
councilor
councillor
38
criticize
criticise
39
customize
customise
40
defense
defence
41
demeanor
demeanour
42
destabilize
destabilise
43
dialed
dialled
44
dishonor
dishonour
45
dueled
duelled
46
economize
economise
47
emphasize
emphasise
48
endeavor
endeavour
49
epitomize
epitomise
50
familiarize
familiarise
51
favor
favour
52
fertilize
fertilise
53
fiber
fibre
54
finalize
finalise
55
flavor
flavour
56
fulfill
fulfil
57
galvanize
galvanise
58
generalize
generalise
59
glamor
glamour
60
gray
grey
61
harbor
harbour
62
harmonize
harmonise
63
honor
honour
64
hospitalize
hospitalise
65
humor
humour
66
hypnotize
hypnotise
67
idealize
idealise
68
idolize
idolise
69
immobilize
immobilise
70
install
instal
71
internalize
internalise
72
jeopardize
jeopardise
73
jewelry
jewellery
74
kilometer
kilometre
75
labor
labour
76
lackluster
lacklustre
77
liberalize
liberalise
78
license
licence
79
likable
likeable
80
localize
localise
81
maneuver
manoeuvre
82
marginalize
marginalise
83
marvelous
marvellous
84
materialize
materialise
85
meager
meagre
86
memorize
memorise
87
meter
metre
88
minimize
minimise
89
modeling
modelling
90
moisturize
moisturise
91
monopolize
monopolise
92
mustache
moustache
93
neighbor
neighbour
94
neutralize
neutralise
95
normalize
normalise
96
odor
odour
97
offense
offence
98
organization
organisation
99
organize
organise
100
paneling
panelling
101
paralyze
paralyse
102
parlor
parlour
103
patronized
patronised
104
pedaled
pedalled
105
penalize
penalise
106
personalize
personalise
107
phony
phoney
108
practice
practise
109
pressurize
pressurise
110
program
programme
111
publicize
publicise
112
randomize
randomise
113
rationalize
rationalise
114
realize
realise
115
recognize
recognise
116
revitalize
revitalise
117
revolutionize
revolutionise
118
rivaled
rivalled
119
rumor
rumour
120
saber
sabre
121
savor
savour
122
scandalize
scandalise
123
scrutinize
scrutinise
124
sensationalize
sensationalise
125
serialize
serialise
126
shoveled
shovelled
127
signaled
signalled
128
socialize
socialise
129
somber
sombre
130
specialize
specialise
131
stabilize
stabilise
132
story
storey
133
subsidize
subsidise
134
summarize
summarise
135
symbolize
symbolise
136
theater
theatre
137
theorize
theorise
138
tranquilizing
tranquillizing
139
traveler
traveller
140
utilize
utilise
141
vandalize
vandalise
142
verbalize
verbalise
143
womanizer
womaniser
144
worshiping
worshipping
145
yogurt
yoghurt


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References:
Aussizz Group. “What should I use for IELTS – UK English or US?” IELTS Tutorials Online. May 15, 2017. Accessed October 22, 2018. https://ieltstutorials.online/blog/what-should-i-use-for-ielts-uk-english-or-us

“British and American spelling.” En Oxford Dictionaries. Accessed October 22, 2018. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/spelling/british-and-spelling

“Comprehensive* list of American and British spelling differences.” Tysto. Accessed October 22, 2018. http://www.tysto.com/uk-us-spelling-list.html

“Important American And British Spelling Differences You Should Know.” Spreeder. Accessed October 22, 2018. https://www.spreeder.com/important-american-and-british-spelling-differences-you-should-know-2/

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