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Judgement versus judgment

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By Mary Morel

Reader’s question: In Australian English, do we say judgment or judgement?

Answer: I think in Australian and New Zealand English, we tend to use judgement in everyday usage, but judgment is often used in legal writing.

American English prefers judgment.

The Australian Macquarie Dictionary says:

‘Although the general community is roughly divided on the preferred spelling, with a slight tendency towards judgement rather than judgment, there is a convention in the legal community to use the judgment spelling.’

Which is your preference?

Lodgement and lodgment

Both spellings are acceptable, but lodgment is the preferred American usage.

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