I guess Fleetwood Mac started it all when they didn’t call their album “Rumors.”
Well, Neil Young IS Canadian…
The “u” makes everything classy.
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And of course we Brits – perversely – spell humorous just like that. 🙂
Not only BrE but also AmE. It is standard BrE to drop the “u” when spelling derivatives of words ending in “our”, e.g. humorist, rancorous.
Well, as Neil Young is Canadian, I would fully expect his spokesperson to spell it that way.
Oops, didn’t spot that Steve already made that point, sorry!
In England it’s not straightforward. Yes we drop a u for humorous and similar ous endings but not for all endings. For instance, we have words like honourable. favourite etc and flavorous but flavouring, flavourless, flavoursome and so on.
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