Canadian spelling

Culips is based in Montreal, Canada and so we follow Canadian spelling rules.

Did you know that there are some differences in spelling between America, Canada and Britain? They are small differences that do not affect the pronunciation. Here is a list of the differences in spelling common words and the general rules to follow.

Differences between Canadian and American spelling

Canadian (and British) American
–RE Ending –ER Ending
centre/theatre center/theater
–OUR Ending –OR Ending
colour/favour/behaviour/ neighbour /honour/humour color/favor/behavior/neighbor/honor/humor
L is doubled in –ED or –ING form L is not doubled in –ED or –ING form
labelled/travelled/modelled
labelling/travelling/modelling
labeled/traveled/modeled
labeling/traveling/modeling

Differences between Canadian and British spelling

In some cases the Z is replaced with an S in British spelling. This is often the case when the S/Z follows an I or Y, like in the examples below.

Canadian (and American) British
Z S
analyze/organize/criticize
emphasize/recognize
(and all variations of these word)
analyse/organise/criticise
emphasise/recognise
(and all variations of these words)
Short for mother with O Short for mother with U
mom/mommy mum/mummy