Difference between Catalog and Catalogue

Key Difference: A Catalog and a Catalogue have the same meaning with a different spelling. Catalog is mostly used in American English, whereas, Catalogue is used in British English.

Catalog or catalog, is basically a book containing an ordered list of names, goods, products, etc.

Dictionary.com defines ‘Catalogue’ or ‘Catalog’ as:

  • A list or record, as of items for sale or courses at a university, systematically arranged and often including descriptive material: a stamp catalog.
  • Something that contains such a list or record, as a book, leaflet, or file.
  • A list of the contents of a library or a group of libraries, arranged according to any of various systems. Compare card catalog, on-line catalog, union catalog.
  • Any list or record: a catalog of complaints.
  • verb (used with object)
  • To enter (items) in a catalog; make a catalog of.

A Catalogue or a Catalog is a document or a book containing an itemized list of names, goods, or books. The purpose of the catalogue/catalog is nothing but to sell products to the customers. It has very simple information about the particular thing and is written in points containing one or two sentences.

It contains information that helps to buy goods or things. It gives a brief knowledge about the particular product, so that people don’t confuse the product with anything else. Their designing and coloring should be perfect so that at least once the customer should think about the particular product.

The look of a catalogue/catalog is much to a business. There are varieties of designs which one can use for their catalogue/catalog. Determine the catalogue/catalog type depending on the types of products that a company or store deals in. Keep in mind; you are going to sell not the catalogue but your products. Therefore, not design but the products should be the highlight of the catalogue. Of course, your catalogue/catalog should be presentable.

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Key Difference: One is wrong (the Americanism) & the other is correct (English), Americanisms of the English language are always incorrect and only the correct spelling is the English spelling. When at school children in the UK are taught English not British English.

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