By Mary Morel
There seems to be a lot of ‘-ize’ (e.g. organize) spelling creeping into Australian and New Zealand English.
Some people now seem to think it is okay to use ‘-ize’ selectively for words such as organization that are used a lot.
I wonder if ‘-ize’ is creeping into the language because Microsoft Word so often defaults to US spelling. But ‘-ise’ is still the more acceptable Australian and New Zealand usage.
There is an interesting article on this topic at World Wide Words.
PS Some Australian writers choose to use ‘-ize’ if they are writing for a scientific or international audience.
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- WriteAussie – further, lie, towards, dependent
- WriteAussie – some Australian and American spelling differences