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UK searchers starting to prefer US spellings

January 21, 2010 3 Comments

Searchers in the UK are starting to prefer the US spelling of some words. Although we can still spell centre, colour and theatre, with the following words the US spelling is now searched for more often than the UK version:

  • donut vs doughnut
  • yogurt vs yoghurt
  • fetus vs foetus

Here are the graphs from Google Insights to show this - the blue line is the UK spelling, the red line the US one.

Donut vs doughnut

Donut has been preferred since 2007 or so

Yogurt vs yoghurt

Yogurt overtook yoghurt in 2009

Fetus vs foetus

These were neck and neck until about 2007.

No wonder Google is having problems with spelling if searchers can't spell ...

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