When considering Color vs Colour. I'm just wondering when you should use which spelling and why there are these two spellings for the same word?


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Colour for the UK and color for the US.

(Colour is the better way ;-)

Its just the way different peoples start to spell words, that originate from the same word. Colour is older by about 200 years than to color. Most non US use 'colour' and depending on how you have your keyboard input settings, it may give error indication from either one.

  • By implication is colour for the rest of the commonwealth as well?
    – Neil Meyer
    Jan 20, 2016 at 16:31
  • Yes, I believe so,
    – rkchl
    Jan 20, 2016 at 17:04

As always, "Write for your reader." If your audience is in a country that speaks primarily BrEng, then use "colour." If your audience is in the United States, then use "color." Perhaps most importantly, be consistent in your spelling of the word within your document; i. e., never mix the two.

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