curb and kerb - the difference
The Quick AnswerTo curb means to control or to limit. It is spelt the same way in British and American English.
When the word curb/kerb means the edging of a pavement (or a sidewalk), it is spelt curb in the US and Canada, but kerb outside North America.
CurbThe verb to curb means to control or to limit.
- We must curb our spending next month.
- The US will curb its influence over the next decade.
- It will be a curb on spending.
KerbAmericans don't need to worry about the word kerb. It doesn't exist in American English. However, for Brits, kerb is the stone edging of a pavement. For example:
- She tripped over the curb. () ()
- She tripped over the kerb. () ()