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Favorite vs Favourite

The English language is the most widely used language in the world. In fact, it is used as a second language in most countries, and international organizations use it as their official language. It is of Germanic origin brought by Anglo-Saxon settlers to Great Britain in the 5th century.
It has a very large vocabulary and has many slang terms. Its introduction to other parts of the world added to the diverseness of its modern form. The arrival of English settlers to the New World, particularly to the United States and Canada, brought changes to the language and its forms.
We now have several different types of English written or spoken around the world, but the two that are most frequently used are the American English and the British English. There is a big difference in the pronunciation of some words in American English and British English, such as the word “aunt,” which is pronounced “ant” by the Americans while it is pronounced “awe-nt” by the British.
This is also particularly true with the differences in the spelling of words in British English and American English. Take the case of the word “favorite,” for example. This is the spelling that is most commonly used since it is the American English spelling of the word.
The British English spelling of the word is “favourite,” which may prompt us to assume that it is the correct spelling since British English is the original language. Both spellings are correct, though, and they are accepted by all English speakers. They both mean the same thing and can be used as a noun or an adjective. As a noun, “favourite” means: “a competitor likely to win, a special loved one, or a thing that is more favored over another.” “Favorite,” likewise, means the same, such as, “a thing or person that is given more preference.”
As adjectives, both words mean: “things, persons, or places that are regarded with approval or affection by individuals.” They could mean: “anything or anyone treated with partiality or liked or chosen above all others.”

She is his favorite child. She is his favourite child.
The Great Wall of China is a favorite tourist attraction. The Great Wall of China is a favourite tourist attraction.
He is the favorite to win as mayor. He is the favourite to win as mayor.


1.The word “favorite” is the American spelling of the British word “favourite.”
2.Both can be used as nouns or adjectives in a sentence even though the British English spelling has the letter “u” added while the American English spelling does not.
3.While the British English spelling “favourite” is the “mother” of the word or is considered as the original spelling, the 4.American English spelling “favorite” is also accepted.
5.Since most of the English-speaking world is using American English, “favorite” is most commonly used while “favourite” is used mainly by the British, Canadians, Australians, and other countries which have been under British rule.

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  1. “Since most of the English-speaking world is using American English, “favorite” is most commonly used while “favourite” is used mainly by the British, Canadians, Australians, and other countries which have been under British rule”

    No. Most countries favour (British) English spellings. American English is largely restricted to the United States. BrE is also preferred by international organisations like the United Nations.

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