Jeweler or Jeweller?

I was puzzled when I saw this sign because I thought the "correct" spelling is "jeweler". I put "correct" in quotes because Merriam-Webster lists two spellings. I suspected that it's a British spelling, so I did a search online, and found a number of sites with it, including the British Jewellers Association.

As I'm typing this, Blogger is pointing out that "jeweller" is a misspelling, and word processing programs agree. I wonder if they do the same with "jeweler" over there.


Faldone said...

From Google ngrams jeweller seems to have been the preferred form in American English through the 19th century. The crossover point looks to be sometime in 1907. In British English jeweler. barely makes it off the floor.

mj said...

Interesting...thanks for visiting.