why do canadians spell certain words with a U but americans don't

United States
August 16, 2009 5:08pm CST
like color--colour or favorite--favourite
5 responses
@qamarep (4449)
• Pakistan
20 Feb 10
no its not canadian thing its british thing. thats why canadians do that.
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
10 Nov 09
Canadians held onto their British affiliations much longer than the Americans. The u addition is the original English spelling. Due to the cultural imperialism of the United States, American spellings have inflitrated the English language. I guess we parted ways in politics as well as spelling.
• United States
19 Aug 09
but the reason it's officially spelled with a "u" is because Canada still (at least somewhat) falls under Great Britain, and the "u" in the spelling comes from British English. Canada uses the metric system for the same reason.
• Canada
17 Aug 09
That is because when an american goes "on about", they go for a walk or a talk...when a canadian goes "on about", their going canoeing.
@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
16 Aug 09
Because that is how it is spelled in Canada. To spell colour, color, is just being lazy. I think it is because of the strong French origins in our dialect. Cheers.