Traveling vs. Travelling

The Origin of the word “Travel”


The word “Travel” may have originated from an old French word “Travali” which at the time was synonymous to work, labor, and torture. The word also originated from Middle English “Travailen” and “Travelen” which meant torment, journey, labor, and strive. The reason behind this may have been due to the difficulty of going out to travel during the 14th century when technology wasn’t as developed, and when their life conditions were harder. It was a whole lot more difficult for people back then to get from one place to another. That’s why they aligned the word “Travel” with words related to torment.

The word “Travel” slowly transitioned into a different meaning during the 19th century when a network of railways were installed which made it easier to travel long distances, and during the 20th century when airplanes and airships took over. This made the whole concept of travel a lot more fun, and people began to see this as a leisure activity, rather than a challenging task. Because of that, “Travel” is no longer synonymous to labor or torture, given the fact that our generation today has more advanced and easier ways to travel compared back then. The word today has transitioned into a different meaning that we relate to leisure or pleasure due to the more convenient and comfortable options we have to travel.

“Traveling” and “Travelling” : What is the difference?


The way people spell words usually depends on where you’re from. We all know that language differs in different parts of the world, even with similar language, their words can have a different meaning, and different spelling depending on what type of English their country uses. The most common type of English that confuses a lot of people is the American English, and the British English. Although they are both English, they both have their own preferred choice of spelling. When using American English, it is spelled with just one L (Traveling), while the British English uses double L (Travelling). You can usually determine which one is American English, and which one is British English when it comes to this. Just like in the words “canceled” or “cancelled”. Both are correct and can be used, it mostly just depends on where you’re from. The reason behind the different spellings is because British English absorbed the spelling of words from other languages like German, and French. While American English is usually based on how the word is pronounced or spoken. Back in the 18th century, English spelling was inconsistent. American English followed Webster’s An American Dictionary of the English Language (“ADEL”, “Webster’s Dictionary”, 1828), while British English followed Johnson’s “A Dictionary of the English Language” (1755). This is the reason why the English Language today is spelled in several different ways.

In conclusion

Both American and British English are correct, however it should be used depending on where you are, or where your audience is from, and what type of English is being used, to avoid confusions or miscommunications. Language can be really confusing and complicated at times, but that is what makes it pretty interesting, it can be used in all these different and unique ways. It constantly changes, and varies from generation to generation. In 20 years, the word “Traveling” or “Travelling” may even mean something else by then, or even be spelled in a different way. We can never tell. It is a never ending process of evolution of words we all have to be willing to adapt to.




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