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Siobhan Thompson (Photo: YouTube)
Siobhan Thompson (Photo: YouTube)
Siobhan Thompson (Photo: YouTube)

Why did America ax the “U” from certain British words like “honour” and “labour”? And why did we swap the “r” and “e” in words like “theatre” and “centre”? (Let’s be real: “theatre” is a lot classier than “theater.”) The change all came down to the decisions of one man, Noah Webster.

Siobhan Thompson explains our transatlantic spelling divide in the latest episode of the Anglophenia YouTube series.

For more information, see our posts on why America dropped the “u” from British words and why the British “realise” is spelled with a “z” in America.

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.