l vs ll : Common Errors in English

About l vs ll

There are quite a few words spelled with a double L in UK English which are spelled in the US with a single L. Examples include “woollen” (US “woolen”), “counsellor” (US “counselor”), “medallist” (US “medalist”), “jeweller” (US “jeweler”), “initialled” (US “initialed”), “labelled” (US “labeled”), “signalled” (US “signaled”), “totalled” (US “totaled”).Most of these won’t cause Americans serious problems if they use the UK spelling, and a good spelling checker set to US English will catch them. But “chilli” looks distinctly odd to Americans who are used to spelling it “chili” when it turns up in the UK-influenced English of South Asian cookbooks. (Of course Spanish speakers think it should be chile.)

l Meaning(s)

  • (n) a metric unit of capacity, formerly defined as the volume of one kilogram of pure water under standard conditions; now equal to 1,000 cubic centimeters (or approximately 1.75 pints)
  • (n) the cardinal number that is the product of ten and five
  • (n) a cgs unit of illumination equal to the brightness of a perfectly diffusing surface that emits or reflects one lumen per square centimeter
  • (n) the 12th letter of the Roman alphabet
  • (s) being ten more than forty

l in News

  1. L'Abbe hoping to go out the way she came in

    If St. Mary's senior pitcher Brooke L'Abbe has her way, she'll end her softball career the same way she started it -- with a Division 3 state title. L'Abbe was a freshman when the Spartans defeated Murdock for the state title.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Daily Item

  2. Int'l Court Case Against Ex-Pope Fizzles

    Int'l criminal court says no to victims seeking investigation of ex-pope over clergy abuse        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: ABC News

  3. L'Union Francaise presents awards to top French students in New Orleans area

    L’Union Française also conducts adult conversation classes in French at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels at 4522 Prytania, New Orleans
    on June 12, 2013 Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

ll in News

  1. LL Cool J To Justin Bieber: You Don’t Have To Try So Hard To Be Cool

    LL has some advice for the Biebs!
    on June 14, 2013 Source: HollywoodLife

  2. LL Cool J To Celeb Parents: Put Your Kids Ahead of Your Money

    LL Cool J is an LL Cool Dad!
    on June 13, 2013 Source: HollywoodLife

  3. LL Cool J hits Simpsonville to drop some beats

    It's been five years since LL Cool J has released an album.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Anderson Independent-Mail

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