Program vs Programme
Program and Programme are two words that give rise to confusion when it comes to usage. People are often confused as to which form to use. It is important to know that the difference occurs only in the region where the two words are used. The word ‘program’ is the American way of using the word ‘programme’ of the British.
It is interesting to note that the British use the spelling ‘programme’ to mean the ‘program’ of the American. On the other hand, the British are careful to use the spelling ‘program’ when they refer to computers. In other words, the British do not use the spelling ‘programme’ for referring to computers. This is the basic difference between the usage of the two words, namely, program and programme.
Australian English recommends the usage of the spelling ‘program’ for official purposes. It is interesting to note that the spelling ‘programme’ is still in vogue in the continent of Australia. The people of Australia still use the word ‘programme’. In other words, it can be said that the Australians use both the words.
The Americans on the other hand, certainly use the word ‘program’ only. They never use the word ‘programme’ for any purpose. In fact, they consider the very spelling of the word ‘programme’ wrong. This is the major difference between the two words, namely, program and programme.
As a matter of fact, the word ‘program’ is more prevalent in the United Kingdom in the 19th century until the word ‘programme’ became more and more popular later. Hence, both the words are accepted in the United Kingdom at the moment. The pronunciation of both the words, namely, program and programme is in fact the same. The verbal form ‘programming’ is of course accepted in the same sense in both the countries.