Excuse my stupid question, but do "favorite" and "favourite" mean the same thing?
They have the same meaning, but favourite is used in British English, Australian English, New Zealand English and Canadian English whereas favorite is used in American English.
It's not a stupid question. No single person knows everything.
The "ou" is a common British spelling, whereas in American English, we simply use the "o." For example:
- favourite vs. favorite
- colour vs. color
- labour vs. labor
- honour vs. honor
..and so on.
Yes, they mean the same thing. From Wiktionary's entry on favorite:
- (Commonwealth English) favourite
They are two different spellings for the same word: favorite is used in American English, favourite in all other varieties of English.
The same also goes for words such as behaviour/behavior, colour/color, etc. In these case, the -u- can be left out because it's silent, the same however cannot be said for other words like pour and devour, which do not become por and devor, because spelling them like this would also alter their pronunciation.