Australian and US spelling: -ize or -ise?

By Mary Morel

In Australian and New Zealand English, there seems to be a lot of ‘-ize’ (e.g. organize) spelling creeping into Aussie 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 agree, ‘-ize’ is being used quite a bit, which I think is partly because Microsoft Word so often defaults to US spelling. But I think we should use ‘-ise’ because it is the more common 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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