So, is it down to laziness?
Probably not. More a ‘lost through the game of Chinese Whisper’ kind of thing, or even plain common sense.
When we Brits travel or level anything, later we write that we’ve travelled somewhere or levelled something, adding that extra ‘l’ before the ‘-ing’.
This is because we are taught in school that when forming the past tense and past participles of verbs ending with an l, we double the l.
Eric wrote about how in the US (I’m not sure if the rule applies to all of Canada) the letter ‘u’ is omitted from colour, flavour etc.
When I first started browsing the internet in the mid-90’s I noticed a lot of sites had common spelling errors: traveling and leveling…amongst others.
Of course, they’re not really errors. It’s the US/Canadian spelling, of course.
It makes more sense not to add the extra ‘l’.
I mean, it’s not like you can hear it, is it.