Have you ever wondered about the spellings of liter? Does writing liter makes you rethink and reconsider how you should spell it for you have come across two types of liter? You are not to be blamed! The word liter exist in two alternative spellings.
It can also be written as:
Liter as noun:
It originated from the Greek language in early 18th century when it was known as litra and later in the late 18th century the French adopted it as litron via Medieval Latin. After a few decades, liter evolved and since then has been used as a unit of measurement.
Liter can be written with an e as the last or second last letter. Both of these spellings are acceptable all over the English speaking world but one is more common in American English while the other one is used predominantly in British English.
Liter , with the e as the second last letter, is used in the United States of America. The Americans changed the original spellings after they got their independence from Great Britain to demonstrate themselves as a distinct country with different spellings, dialect and norms. So if you are a resident of America, you should use these spellings, that is, if you ever have to use them.
The other spellings, with e as the last letter of the word, are the original spellings as they were evolved from litron in 19th century. These spellings are predominantly used in British, Ireland, Canada, Australia and many other English speaking countries. If you live in any of these countries then you can proudly use the original spellings and call yourself a preserver.
Liter or litre:
Litre is a unit of measurement which is a commonly used metric unit to measure volume or volume. It is most widely used in British and other English speaking countries where it is spelled as litre. Although, it is scarcely used in America, but whenever it is used, it is spelled like liter. Both of the spellings are correct and can be used by anyone, but people living in Europe like to use litre whereas, Americans tend to prefer liter.
So tell us, are you a liter person or a litre person?