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Although British and American English are in general, mutually understood, there are adequate distinctions to potentially cause misunderstandings in communication.

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More than two-thirds of the worldfs scientific and technical papers are written in English, and the largest television media companies in the world broadcast in English.
gThe United States and the United Kingdom are two countries divided by a common language" - George Bernard Shaw
Although English is spoken practically everywhere in the world, and even have a variety of forms, the two most dominant types are British and American English. British English, also known as Commonwealth English is the form of the language spoken in the United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and South Africa, as well as being used in organizations such as the U.N., the WTO, and the E.U.. American English is spoken in the United States and used in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Taiwan to name a few.
Although British and American English are in general, mutually understood, there are adequate distinctions to potentially cause misunderstandings in communication.
Here are some of the differences:
American words ending in -or may end in our in British English as seen in colour, flavour and honour.
British English uses colonise, harmonise, and realise as opposed to the Americanfs colonize, harmonize, and realize.
British English typically doubles thehlh when adding suffixes that begin with a vowel if glh is preceded by a single vowel, as in modelling, quarrelled, signaling; whereas American English doubles it only on stressed syllables, as with modeling, quarreled, signaling.
British English uses gth with past tense verbs as seen in learnt, dreamt, leapt; while American would read learned, dreamed, leaped.
In numbers, Americans are prone to read g1,520h as gfifteen twentyh, and g938h (for a house number or bus for instance), as gnine thirty-eighth while British would say gnine three eighth.
British also use gNilh and gNaughth when referring to g0h, while the Americans would call it gzeroh, gzilch" or "zip".; and when reading numbers with more than one number in succession, British use the terms gdouble or trebleh as in 007 (gdouble-oh-sevenh) and 888 (treble eight).
Some words used only in British or Commonwealth English:
candy floss (cotton candy), naff (tacky), biscuit (cookie), chap (guy), pong (stink/odor), lorry (truck), busk (perform in the streets), willy (penis), pushchair (stroller), lift (elevator).
Some words only used in American English:
Sidewalk (pavement), gas (petrol), cookie (biscuit), elevator(lift), stroller (pushchair/buggy), candy (sweets).

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