Have You Cancelled A Marvellous Travelling Plan? (OR) Have You Canceled A Marvelous Traveling Plan?

In the title there are three words that are spelled in two different ways - “cancelled/canceled,” “marvellous/marvelous,” and “travelling/traveling.” The spellings are correct in each of the three cases, depending on whether American or British English is being used.

• Due to American English's propensity for shortening words, the spelling that uses the single l belongs to the American style of writing English, • While the spelling that uses the ll belongs to the British style.

• There are, however, some words that do not fall under this rule. For example, the term "patrolling" will always be spelled with ll. • As a result, the l or ll rule is dependent upon the placement of vowels and consonants, as well as the syllable that is stressed during pronunciation.

• In the word “expel”, the stress is on the final syllable (ex:∙PEL); therefore, the consonant is doubled when a suffix is added to it. • Thus, expelling will also be spelled with ll in American English like its British counterpart.

• However, in the word cancel, the stress falls on the first syllable (CAN∙cel); • Contrary to its British English counterpart, only a single l is used in its spelling when it is followed by a suffix, i.e., canceling.

Noah Webster was the first to explain how words are spelled differently. • He was one of the creators of Merriam-Webster. • His included shortened versions of words with multiple spellings.

Canadians and Australians, and even previously colonized countries like India, still prefer the British spelling of English words in their writing, although American spellings are catching up quickly.