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Are the terms favour and favor interchangeable ? Or is there a slight difference perhaps? This is nitpicking but just curious.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/info/spelling-reform.htm there are other words like this : defence and defense . Why do we have different American and British versions? How did they come to existence? What purpose do they serve?

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    Favour is the regular spelling. It's favor in the US. – Matt E. Эллен Jan 17 '14 at 17:58
  • "Regular spelling"? From my vantage point, it's the other way around. – phenry Jan 17 '14 at 18:03
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    You can thank Noah Webster for that. – Elliott Frisch Jan 17 '14 at 18:09
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    ELU does not underline anything: I would guess your browser, being set to English, thinks the American word a misspelling. – TimLymington Jan 17 '14 at 18:17
  • @TimLymington I knew that , just wanted to know was it Elu or something else – Argot Jan 17 '14 at 18:35
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There is no difference between the two. Favour is the spelling used in the UK and other Commonwealth countries, while favor is the spelling used in the United States.

  • And applies to countless other words ending in ...our; colour, honour, rumour, etc. – WS2 Jan 17 '14 at 19:27

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