Colour or Color? | Grammarly Blog

Guess what? We Americans with our English spellings are the weird ones! This is a great explanation on the spelling of the word color (colour). ❤

When choosing between color and colour, keep in mind that both spellings are correct. The shorter one, color, is the preferred spelling in the United…

Source: Colour or Color? | Grammarly Blog

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Colleen M. Chesebro loves writing speculative fiction and the sub-genres of fantasy and magical realism, other types of cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood – or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Fairy Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. You can learn more about Colleen at

18 thoughts on “Colour or Color? | Grammarly Blog”

  1. I really find it annoying when I use the word “colour”, the computer spell check highlights it as an error and then I get this odd feeling like I’m in grade school and I have to change it. Or that the the reader will think I made a spelling mistake, so I give in. Yes, I can be a wimp sometimes. Ha ha!

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    1. I know in Word documents you can go in and set the language you want to use. It has helped me when I edited a British friend’s manuscript. I think we should all use the same spelling in our world today. So crazy to have Americans spell one way and the rest of the world another. Just my opinion! LOL! 😀 ❤

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  2. Yes, it would be much simpler to all be the same.
    In NZ we use the U often ie: flavor – flavour, Straight away I have flavour underlined with red.
    Never mind, I get used to it, my spelling is wrong.
    Have a nice day.

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  3. I am a member of scribophile and we have an international assortment of aspiring authors. When I did my first critique of a segment from a resident of the UK, I marked it up like a Christmas tree. Not only was she misspelling words (she wasn’t, she was giving me the UK version) but she didn’t have all of her commas in place. As a rule people from UK do no put commas before the ‘and’ when making lists. I found it interesting that there was such a disparity in writing. I think I have it down now but whenever I see ‘apologise, realise, colour’, or whatever I have to keep myself from trying to correct what is already right.

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    1. Agreed. There are so many differences. Blame it on Webester. I believe he was the one that changed it. I suppose to make us different than the “King’s” English. In today’s world, it would be easier to be the same. Less misunderstandings. 😉❤️

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    1. Yup… Here is the info: “In 1806 Webster published A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, the first truly American dictionary. For more information on this milestone in American reference publishing, please see Noah Webster’s Spelling Reform and A Sample Glossary from A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language.
      Noah Webster and America’s First Dictionary – Merriam-Webster

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