How to
SEO advice
Categories: How to, Internet. Tags: , ,

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 ...

You might also like
  1. Google: We spell it colouring here
  2. Google autocomplete now fixes spelling problems
  3. Google’s spelling problems are worse than we thought
  4. Search engine optimisation, optimization and SEO
  5. How to work out what Google Instant means for your business

Share this post

Follow me on Facebook or Twitter


Leave a comment!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.