I saw someone spell tire wrong, so I edited it and it was rejected, because he was British. Is there a reason why British people use tyre instead of tire?

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    Because it's the proper English spelling, maybe! ;-)
    – Carel
    Jul 20, 2016 at 18:31
  • Not really..., dude.
    – YoshiLikes
    Jul 20, 2016 at 18:35
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this belongs on the English Language & Usage Stackexchange.
    – Batman
    Jul 20, 2016 at 18:41
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    I guess those Brits just don't know how to spell. Jul 20, 2016 at 19:09
  • Let's do the neighbours a big favour and close this discussion on colours and flavours.<G>
    – Carel
    Jul 20, 2016 at 19:37

1 Answer 1


Is there a reason they call diaper nappys? or elevators lifts? It's the queen's English. It differs from us american folk.

In British English both spellings are correct, but both words mean totally different things.

In all of the English speaking world, the word tire when used as a verb means to become exhausted/sleepy.

In Britain and many other Commonwealth nations, the word tyre is a noun, it's the word we use for the outer rubber part of a vehicle wheel. For example, a bicycle tyre, or a car tyre. In the USA the word tyre is spelt tire.

Here are a couple of examples of British English usage: Since the onset of her illness, she tires very easily. I find that I tire quite easily these days. The car tyres need to be replaced. The bicycle tyre has a puncture.

In American English, all of the sentences above would use the spelling "tire".


This may or may not be a question for the English language and Usage stack though.

  • Oh, ok. I am from america, so seeing "tyre" in use will sometimes confuse me. But thanks. And I wasn't thinking when I posted this.
    – YoshiLikes
    Jul 20, 2016 at 18:34

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