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AUSTRALIAN SLANG

Spelling Australian Style

We've put together a sample of English words that are spelled differently by different countries. Australian and British English are generally identical in the way they spell words.

These lists are not exact because language is always changing. Although an Australian word is shown with the British spelling, Australians may use its American version depending on personal preference or how they were taught in school. Confusing isn't it?!

The part of an Australian word that differs from the American version is in red.
 

Australian
& British
American   Australian
& British
American   Australian
& British
American
ageing
aeroplane
aerofoil
aluminium
arbour
ardour
armour

behaviour
belabour

calibre
centre
cheque
chequer
clamour
colour

defence
deflexion
dolour
draught

enamour
endeavour

favour
fervour
fibre
flavour
fount
furore
aging
airplane
airfoil
aluminum
arbor
ardor
armor

behavior
belabor

caliber
center
check
checker
clamor
color

defense
deflection
dolor
draft

enamor
endeavor

favor
fervor
fiber
flavor
font
furor
gram

harbour
honou
humour

inflexion

jemmy

kerb

labour
licence
liquorice
litre
lustre
 
manoeuvre
maths
medallist
metre
millilitre
millimetre
misdemeanour
mitre
mould
moulder
moulding
mouldy
moult
gramme

harbor
honor
humor

inflection

jimmy

curb

labor
license
licorice
liter
luster
 
maneuver
math
medalist
meter
milliliter
millimeter
misdemeanor
miter
mold
molder
molding
moldy
molt
neighbour
nitre

odour
offence
 
paralyse
parlour
pedlar
potter
practise
pretence
programme
pyjama

rancour
reflexion
rumour

sabre
sceptre
sepulchre
succour

tyre

vapour
vigour
vocalise

whirr
neighbor
niter

odor
offense
 
paralyze
parlor
peddler
putter
practice
pretense
program
pajama
 
rancor
reflection
rumor

saber
scepter
sepulcher
succor

tire

vapor
vigor
vocalize

whir
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