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/theatrecenter/theater
–OUR Ending–OR Ending
colour/favour/behaviour/ neighbour /honour/humourcolor/favor/behavior/neighbor/honor/humor
L is doubled in –ED or –ING formL 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
ZS
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 OShort for mother with U
mom/mommymum/mummy