The American Language: An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States

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VIII.

AMERICAN SPELLING

1.
The Two Orthographies

The chief changes made in the standard English spelling in the United States may be classified as follows:

1. The omission of the penultimate u in words ending in -our:
American
English
arbor
arbour
armor
armour
behavior
behaviour
candor
candour
clamor
clamour
clangor
clangour
color
colour
demeanor
demeanour
endeavor
endeavour
favor
favour
fervor
fervour
flavor
flavour
glamor
glamour
harbor
harbour
honor
honour
humor
humour
labor
labour
neighbor
neighbour
odor
odour
parlor
parlour
rancor
rancour
rigor
rigour
rumor
rumour
savor
savour
splendor
splendour
succor
succour
tumor
tumour
valor
valour
vapor
vapour
vigor
vigour

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  • The American Language - An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States *
  • Contents iii
  • Preface to the First Edition *
  • Preface to the Revised Edition xi
  • I - Introductory *
  • II - The Beginnings of American 45
  • III - The Period of Growth 74
  • IV - American and English Today *
  • V - International Exchanges 157
  • VI - Tendencies in American 173
  • VII - The Standard American Pronunciation 206
  • VIII - American Spelling 221
  • IX - The Common Speech 255
  • X - Proper Names in America 321
  • XI - American Slang 360
  • XII - The Future of the Language 372
  • Appendix 388
  • I - Specimens of the American Vulgate 388
  • II - Non-English Dialects in America 397
  • III - Proverb and Platitude 422
  • Bibliography 427
  • List of Words and Phrases 459
  • Index 483
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