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O vs. OU.....when is one right over the other?

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rachaelfuchsberger
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I've seen words like color, favorite and other such words spelled with an ou instead of the simple o. What's the difference? Does spelling it colour make it more meaningful or make it have a different meaning than using color? Just a bit of confusion here.

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colour, along with several other similar words, is the British spelling. We do some thing differently on this side of the pond.
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Rachael... There is no difference in the meanings of the spellings other than 'Colour' is used more in European english speaking countries. It is also used more in Canada than in North America. However, there is no discernable difference in meaning. There is no inference of a more poetic nature of one over the other. There may have been some evolution in the entimology of the english language that caused a change from Colour to color, but they are one in the same in usage and pronunciation. I am not aware of any formal differences other than personal preference or habitual usage based upon cultural environment. My conclusion... they are one and the same, just spelled differently.
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Oh, but Not a Poet....one from hailing from Oklahoma always knows that OU is the better choice.

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Both color and colour come from the Latin word color
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