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A client recently asked má if I could write for a British audience. She quipped, “I’ve seen you use favourite around social, sánh I thought you’re familiar with the spellings used in the U.K.”

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Her observation was, of course, on point. I was, in fact, using the British spelling of favourite. But what I didn’t realize was whether I was using it correctly. As mortifying as it is lớn admit, I was just using the -our version of the word because it seemed right. 

Then came another realization: I had lớn revise my spellings across the board. And, here I am, dear reader — sharpening my digital pencil lớn clarify what’s right, favorite vs. favourite, in the divided world of English language.

Let’s hit it.

What’s the correct way lớn spell favorite?

First things first, both favorite and favourite are correct spellings. The version that’s correct for you, however, depends on where you live and who you’re writing for — same goes for canceled vs. cancelled.

Primarily, you need lớn remember:

Favorite without a “u” is American English. Favourite with a “u” is British English.

This latter version with a “u” is also the spelling that’s largely preferred in other countries that favor British English, including Canada, nước Australia, and New Zealand. 

That said, the spelling difference is applicable on all relatives of the word, including favorites, favorited, and favoritism in the US and favourites, favourited, and favouritism in the UK and other countries.

Here are example sentences using favorite and favor: 

• My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate chip.

• Her favorite son wore a navy xanh rì suit with a bow tie.

• He needed lớn ask for a special favor from his mentor.

• She knew her day was complete when her favorite tuy vậy came on.

Now change favorite lớn favourite in all these instances and you’ll be writing for a UK audience.

The definition of favorite 

Here’s an interesting fact about the word favorite: it’s used as a noun, an adjective, as well as a verb. This means the word basically has three definitions. Let’s look at each with an example.

Favorite as a noun

When something or someone is preferred over another, favorite is used as a noun. Synonyms for favorite as a noun are front-runner, darling, and preference.

Example: My teacher’s favorite student in the batch was a lanky guy named Keith.

Favorite as an adjective

When a noun is preferred over other things or people, favorite is used as an adjective lớn describe it. Synonyms for the adjective favorite are best-loved, most liked, treasured, special, and ideal.

Example: Her favorite subject was botany.

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Favorite as a verb

Lastly, when you lượt thích or mark something for the purpose of saving it for later, you’re using favorite as a verb.

Example: I favorited the site sánh I could reference it again for making notes.

That said, there’s a fourth definition of favorite as well: a record or address that you bookmark is called a favorite. For instance, she favorited a tweet on gender equality.

Origin of favorite

Essentially, both spellings — favorite and favourite are pronounced the same way as: FAY-vuh-rit, FAY-vrit, or ˈfeɪv rɪt. The same is true for the word’s etymology.

The word favorite traces back lớn the 16th century. It comes from an obsolete word, favorit in French that, in turn, comes from Italian favorito — past participle of favorire meaning “to favor.” The root of this chain traces lớn the Latin word, favor.

The difference between the spellings, however, comes from Brits and Americans following different dictionaries for their spellings.

Folks in the UK have by and large referred lớn Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language that uses the following spelling: favourite.

Americans, on the other hand, have referenced Noah Webster’s An American Dictionary of the English Language. The earlier version of this dictionary (1806), used favourite. In the 1828 version, however, the spelling was cropped lớn favorite by excluding the “u.”

The same is true for the word “cancelled” being spelled as “canceled” in the later version of the dictionary. Perhaps it’s why Webster is known for his love for simplicity and for making spellings truly “American.” Or, he was inspired by Milton’s use of favorite (without “u”) in the 17th century — who knows, really!

Whatever the reason for Webster’s choice, the shorter — without “u” — spelling slowly gained popularity and is the preferred spelling in the US today.

Favorite vs. favourite examples

• These four restaurants from The Times’ 101 list are some of our critics’ favorites in the O.C. (Los Angeles Times, using the American spelling)

• Below, opinions staff members pick their favorite op-eds from 2020 and explain what made their choices stand out. (The Washington Post, using the American spelling)

• If you wish lớn automatically sync nội dung, please select ‘Always’ in Settings -> Pre-Download Images. This option will tải về the latest articles from your favourite channels. (The Daily Mail, using the British spelling)

How lớn remember which spelling lớn use for favorite vs. favourite

Good question. Use these three tricks:

“U” is for UK and favourite

A simple way lớn distinguish between the American and British spelling is lớn remember that the extra “u” goes into the British version of the word — same as the “U” in United Kingdom.

Now, you’d argue there’s a “u” in US too. But, you can Gọi US as the States, which doesn’t make the “u” mandatory (as it is in UK — you don’t say Kingdom, after all).

Refer lớn your style guide

Whether you’re a student or a journalist/writer, you’ll have lớn understand which spelling your school or brand uses.

For example, if you’re in the UK, you’ll use favourite. Similarly, if you’re outside the UK but your school follows the GCSE or GCE system, you’ll, again, be using favourite.

In the same vein, the publication you write for will be using one spelling for consistency (we use favorite, for example). Get their style guide lớn see their preferred spelling. If you tend lớn forget, go back lớn the style guide before shipping nội dung. Or, take a shortcut that we’ll share next.

Use Writer

Based on whether you mix Writer’s setting lớn UK or US English, Writer can help you use the correct version. So, if you tend lớn move from country lớn country or write for audiences from different countries, Writer can help you use the correct spelling. Easy, isn’t it? Start a không tính phí trial today.

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