Harbor VS Harbour

Or, why there are times when you should ignore spellcheck on your computer.

Please note, Pearl Harbor is spelled without a U in Harbor.

We Aussies have a problem in that there is an issue for us with words that end in or. Most of our words that end in or we have been taught to spell our.

It is not meant to disrespect anyone, it is what we are taught to do in school, and we now have the added issue of spelling check software in our browsers telling us that or words are spelled incorrectly, they will appear with a red line underneath and if we right click it will tell us Harbor should be spelled Harbour. Like this –



Some people get very upset when they see the name of a place they consider sacred spelled incorrectly, and sadly they will hassle Aussies about it when we are only doing what we have been taught to do.

Our bad for following what has been trained into us since we were kids in a classroom – but their bad for not understanding this is a British English VS American English issue.

A thought going forward for those people who feel the need to correct others – perhaps contact someone by private message to gently correct them rather than make a post on an internet forum. Just a thought. ๐Ÿ™‚

You might also want to consider, people have been mispelling Pearl Harbor on Tripadvisor since.. well.. since Tripadvisor began to exist. Most of the people who hang out there know this is a British VS American spelling issue, and hold off on making comment on the spelling as a result, instead focusing on the actual question asked, which is the whole point of Tripadvisor in the first place.

Interestingly we do have at least one one Harbor in Australia – Victor Harbor in South Australia.

Victor Harbor, Southern Australia, seen from G...

Victor Harbor, Southern Australia, seen from Granite Island (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Despite the fact that harbour is normally spelt with a u in modern Australian English, the name of the city is spelt Victor Harbor. This spelling, found in several geographical names in South Australia, including Outer Harbor, is the result of spelling errors made by an early Surveyor General of South Australia.[5] Conversely Victor Harbour railway station is spelt with the u.