I hope that professionals would be able to answer the following question related to writing the word of 'program' / 'programme'.

As far as I know the first one is used in AmEN while the latter in BrEN. I believe that predominantly the American version is more popular. Can anyone explain me then, please, whether 'programme' is incorrect or outdated?

Thanks for your answers in advance.

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    As a Professional, I prefer words that do not have extra, silent letters in them. But that has been fought over for more than 100 years and nobody has "won" yet. – user126158 May 16 '16 at 22:08
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    There are many words that are spelt differently between AmE & BrE, of which 'programme' (in the sense of list of events) is merely one example. That spelling is certainly not incorrect or outdated in BrE. We do, however, use the spelling 'program' when referring to a computer program. Hence you will actually see both spellings in BrE. Because of our usage of 'program' for 'computer program' and because of the prevalence of US literature, etc., I suspect that the AmE spelling is becoming more common even for non-computing usage. – TrevorD May 16 '16 at 23:23
  • Incidentally, you could probably have answered this question yourself just by looking in a dictionary - that's why someone has flagged your question for closure for lack of initial research! See here program and programme. – TrevorD May 16 '16 at 23:27
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    @TrevorD Excellent comment, which you should probably make an answer. But I don't see any movement in Britain toward use of program for anything other than computer-related matters, or to organisational programs. Indeed I see it as a benefit to keep the separate spelling for things like Theatre Programmes, which are quite different things altogether. – WS2 May 18 '16 at 17:06
  • @nocomprende all letters in all words are silent, in all languages. What are you even talking about. – RegDwigнt Aug 17 '16 at 12:47

Well as a native speaker of American English I would write program. My colleagues from the UK, however, write programme. Our policy at this university is to tell the students that either British or American English is acceptable as long as the student is consistent.

Having said that, the idea of one spelling being correct, really depends on the purpose of the text. I just finished proofreading an article for publication in which the author had used American spelling exclusively. The only problem was that the journal specifically stated the text must be in British English. Thus, in this particular case, American spelling was considered incorrect.

  • Do you really mean "naive" in your opening sentence? – Sven Yargs May 22 '16 at 5:21
  • Good eye! Lol yes that is a typo. I meant native. – GrouchyGaijin May 22 '16 at 14:58
  • You can edit that ;) – Helmar Jul 18 '16 at 10:08
  • I guess if he wrote naive instead of native, then he really is naive, so it should stand. – user126158 Aug 17 '16 at 14:54
  • @user126158 Either way he's made a spelling mistake. If he meant to miss out the 't' he needed a diaeresis;-) – BoldBen Oct 17 '16 at 9:42

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