Whenever I type this word, I struggle to remember if it is spelt instalment or installment. Today, I got caught out by someone reviewing one of my other blogs (which inspired me to write today’s blog), so as usual I went looking for explanations.
Wiki Answers explains that installment and instalment both mean the same, but installment (with a double ‘l’) is the American spelling and instalment (with one ‘l’) is the spelling for the UK, Canada and other English speaking countries. The online Cambridge Dictionary also notes that the US (United States) spell it as installment.
My thoughts: I don’t think I’ll be getting this one wrong from now on – I will be spelling it as instalment (with one ‘l’). I apologise to all my American readers!
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Cambridge online dictionary: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/instalment?q=instalment