American "-or" words

September 6, 2009
By Ben Zimmer (New York, NY)Visual Thesaurus ContributorVisual Thesaurus Moderator
These words are spelled with "-our" in British English, but thanks to Noah Webster, Americans spell them with "-or."

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Tuesday September 8th 2009, 3:59 PM
Comment by: Lynne M.
Thanks! Being born and raised in Canada, and having moved to the US, I have always been a little uncertain about the "or" and "our" words. Now I have a list and know how it happened. I knew about the Normans and pork, beef, etc. but the "our" makes sense now too.
Saturday September 12th 2009, 7:56 AM
Comment by: Patricia P. (North Tonawanda, NY)
Thanks for these words!
Wednesday September 16th 2009, 12:18 PM
Comment by: Jan K. (London United Kingdom)
I think you'll find that the U exists in English spellings, not "British" English spellings. There's no such thing as "British English", as the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish have their own varieties of English.
Wednesday October 19th 2011, 10:18 AM
Comment by: douggood5@gmail.com (Flower Mound, TX)
Anyone obsessed with -or words are directed to:
Monday October 24th 2011, 12:36 PM
Comment by: Jenny B. (Visalia, CA)
Well gosh, Lynn M., now I find myself uncertain about "the Normans and beef, pork, etc."
Wednesday October 26th 2011, 3:59 PM
Comment by: Al L.
Totally cool. Why, though, does Microsoft Word spellcheck tell me I can't spell these words with the "u"? I hate spellcheck and it's red squiggly lines, IT'S SO STIFLING!
Sunday October 30th 2011, 9:02 AM
Comment by: SwimmingLover
Nice, did you think of all those words yourself, or did you search them up?
Monday October 31st 2011, 3:24 PM
Comment by: Ms. SRK (India)
Thanss for these words :)
Monday November 7th 2011, 7:01 PM
Comment by: catwalker (Ottawa Canada)
Don't these words lose their 'u' even in British English (pace Jan K) when taking on alternate forms: rigour/rigorous, rancour/rancorous, honour/honorable? or are we in Canada using some weird hybridizations?
Monday December 2nd 2013, 7:58 PM
Comment by: Sir Sam
Thanss for these words? Really srinivasakoppula ???

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