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When is “L” doubled?

If I am using the word model in the context of financial models and the UK, then which of these words should I use? Also, are there any key difference in the meanings of the two?

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There is no difference in meaning. The single-L spelling is more common in the United States; the double-L spelling is more common in the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. I don't know which is more common in other countries.

More detail is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_and_British_English_spelling_differences#Doubled_in_British_English

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    programmed, programming and programmer ? Do these three seriously exist with a single M?
    – user16269
    Oct 9, 2012 at 21:28
  • I'm a programmer and I frequently see 'build canceled' on Microsoft programming products. In fact, it seems that Microsoft were unable to tell a complainant how to change Microsoft Outlook to say 'Meeting Cancelled', despite a UK language pack being applied.
    – Cato
    Feb 5, 2019 at 15:37

No, there is no difference between them. Modelling is the more common spelling in the UK, while modeling is the more common spelling in the US. Canada tends to use modelling, as do some Americans.

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