Which Form is Correct?

People ask me which word is correct: canceled or cancelled, gray or grey, traveled or travelled, color or colour, theater or theatre?

Whichever variant you see listed first in the dictionary is the preferred spelling. It’s not a question of right or wrong, it’s just the preferred form.  I find it interesting that in America we rarely use the “—our form of a word, but we do write glamour.  Perhaps we think it looks more glamorous (which we do not spell glamourous!).

I am taking a break for a couple of weeks, so I’ll be back to torture you the beginning of August.

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