Originally posted by Suzianne
"How come 'ou' was reduced to 'o' in the US?"
I thought we fought a war trying to get away from these people once. No, twice, sorry.
"The pronunciation is the same, so you can't really say that some "say" this while others "say" that. It's strictly a spelling difference. These are among the reforms introduced by Noah Webster in his dictionary, with a view towards (a) simplifying the spelling, and (b) creating a distinct American English. (The root forms of many of these words indeed lack the u - for example, Latin color, Italian favorito - so that may have been another motivation of his as well.) So these forms prevailed in the United States, while in the rest of the English-speaking world they kept the original spellings."
"I thought we fought a war trying to get away from these people once. No, twice, sorry." (Suzi)
Our forbearers fought a king's oppression, not the people; we now fight our UK Friends in chess games. -Grampy Roubert