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Selected Variant Spellings in The American Heritage ® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition*  Spellings separated by 'or' are forms that appear with virtually equal frequency in edited sources.  Spellings following 'also' are forms that occur less frequently.  The simpler of the two is underscored.

abridgment also abridgement focusing or focussing
aesthetic or esthetic fryer also frier
analogue also analog fulfill also fulfil
anesthetic also anaesthetic fulfillment also fulfilment
aneurysm also aneurism glamour also glamor
archaeology or archeology guerrilla or guerilla
ax or axe guild also gild
benefited also benefitted hearken also harken
benefiting also benefitting homologue also homolog
brusque also brusk instill also instil
cabby or cabbie kiddie or kiddy
cagey also cagy kidnapped or kidnaped
cancellation also cancelation kidnapping or kidnaping
canceled or cancelled linguine also linguini
canceling or cancelling monologue also monolog
catalogue or catalog nosy or nosey
caulk also calk preterit or preterite
caviar also caviare programmed or programed
chamomile or camomile programmer or programer
chlorophyll also chlorophyl programming or programing
cigarette also cigaret smolder also smoulder
counseled or counselled smoothie also smoothy
counseling or counselling strait-laced also straight-laced
diagrammed or diagramed synagogue also synagog
diagramming or diagraming template also templet
dialogue or dialog theater or theatre
doggy or doggie tranquillity or tranquility
doughnut also donut tranquilize also tranquillize
eerie or eery travelogue also travelog
epilogue also epilog whiskey also whisky
eyeing or eying worshiped or worshipped
flier also flyer worshiper or worshipper
focused or focussed worshiping or worshipping
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* The American Heritage ®Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition  Copyright © 1996, 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company.  No part of this database may be reproduced or otherwise used without prior written permission from the publisher unless such use is expressly permitted by applicable law.  No investigation has been made of common-law trademark rights in any word.  Words that are known to have current trademark registrations are shown with an initial capital and are also identified as trademarks.  The inclusion or exclusion of any work, or its capitalization, in this dictionary is not, however, an expression of the publisher's opinion as to whether or not it is subject to proprietary rights, nor is it to be regarded as affecting the validity of any trademark.   American Heritage is a registered trademark of Forbes Inc.  Its use is pursuant to a license agreement with Forbes Inc.

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