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Where there's a difference, we prefer Commonwealth English spelling to American English spelling. This isn't because Commonwealth English is somehow "better," but because we need to pick one spelling style for consistency.

Proper names

Sometimes proper names have words in them that are spelled differently in American and Commonwealth English ad these names should not be changed.

However, referring to the proper named thing in the generic should be changed. Examples may be clearer:

  • Molson Center is the centre of hockey in Montreal.
  • The harbour in Sydney is called Sydney Harbor.
  • Ten tonnes of aluminium a day are extracted from the Ten-Ton Harbor Aluminum Center.
  • Joaquin Miller's home, "The Hights," rests on the heights of the Oakland hills.

See also: List of common misspellings