The United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language.

One of those separations is in the spelling of words like color (colour), theater (theatre), and realize (realise). But how did this separation occur?

The British people introduced the language when they reached America back in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Since then, the language in the two countries have evolved and it is easy to see the difference.

In Britain, the higher classes wanted to distinguish how they spoke from the common masses by softening their pronunciation of the ‘r’ sounds.