Americans and the British spell many words differently. Americans omit the U that appears in some British words as a second vowel directly before a consonant. This rule doesn’t extend to every such word, though, so it can be confusing to remember which words have different spellings. Mold and mould are alternate spellings of the same word. Continue reading to find out in which context each would be appropriate.
In this article, I will compare mold vs. mould. I will use each spelling in a sentence and explain its proper context. Finally, I will discuss a helpful trick to use when you aren’t sure whether to choose mould or mold in your own writing.
The world mould originated from Middle English: apparently from Old French modle, from Latin modulus. In another sense, it originated from late Middle English: probably from obsolete mould, past participle of moul ‘grow mouldy’, of Scandinavian origin; compare with Old Norse mygla ‘grow mouldy’. One more sense of the word indicated its origin from Old English molde, from a Germanic base meaning ‘pulverize or grind’; related to meal.
Mould as noun:
Mould as verb:
Use of mold:
Use of mould:
Mold or mould:
Mold and mould are alternate spellings of the same word, which can refer to fungus or a container for molten liquid as a noun, or the act of shaping something as a verb. Americans use mold, but the British use mould. Since mould contains a U, like United Kingdom, you can easily keep these words straight in your mental vocabulary.