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“Dialing” or “Dialling”


Dialing and dialling are both English terms.


Dialing is predominantly used in 🇺🇸 American (US) English (en-US) while dialling is predominantly used in 🇬🇧 British English (used in UK/AU/NZ) (en-GB).

In terms of actual appearance and usage, here's a breakdown by country, with usage level out of 100 (if available) 👇:

Term US UK India Philippines Canada Australia Liberia Ireland New Zealand Jamaica Trinidad & Tobago Guyana
dialing 95 41 77 83 85 58 100 50 63 79 100 0
dialling 5 59 23 17 15 42 0 50 37 21 0 0

  • In the United States, there is a preference for "dialing" over "dialling" (95 to 5).
  • In the United Kingdom, there is a 59 to 41 preference for "dialling" over "dialing".
  • In India, there is a preference for "dialing" over "dialling" (77 to 23).
  • In the Philippines, there is a preference for "dialing" over "dialling" (83 to 17).
  • In Canada, there is a preference for "dialing" over "dialling" (85 to 15).
  • In Australia, there is a preference for "dialing" over "dialling" (58 to 42).
  • In Liberia, there is a preference for "dialing" over "dialling" (100 to 0).
  • In Ireland, there is no clear preference between "dialing" and "dialling", with usage levels of 50 vs. 50.
  • In New Zealand, there is a preference for "dialing" over "dialling" (63 to 37).
  • In Jamaica, there is a preference for "dialing" over "dialling" (79 to 21).
  • In Trinidad & Tobago, there is a preference for "dialing" over "dialling" (100 to 0).
  • In Guyana, there is not enough data to determine a preference between "dialing" and "dialling".

Below, we provide some examples of when to use dialing or dialling with sample sentences.


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Examples in Context

Examples of “dialing”

  • Direct inward dialing, in telephony
  • Predictive dialing drop call rates and prerecorded
  • ban certain telephone numbers from dialing the subscriber.
  • 930 in 2014, with 10-digit dialing initially planned to become mandatory
  • Sharky began dialing random numbers about 30 minutes
  • to CHUM" promotion had DJs dialing phone numbers at random and
  • A broadband-speed downloads, voice dialing and a full HTML Web
  • overlay area code and 10-digit dialing will become necessary in the
  • the same area, with ten-digit dialing required for all calls.
  • International dialing codes are assigned by the

Examples of “dialling”

  • Subscriber trunk dialling (STD, also known as subscriber
  • "Dialling a Prayer" - Straitjacket Fits
  • Subscriber toll dialling (the historic codes)
  • By dialling in the four inputs, altitude,
  • Subscriber trunk dialling
  • Northern Ireland were made by dialling 08 and the Northern Irish
  • can retrieve the messages by dialling 1571.
  • Telecommunications: the international dialling code for Barbados is 1–246
  • It used rotary-telephone-style pulse dialling for automatic routing through the
  • Messages can be accessed by dialling in with an identification number,

(Examples are Wikipedia snippets under the CC ShareAlike 3.0 license.)

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