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SouthernComforts Tue 13-Dec-16 21:54:06

Is one American and one British? I would use 'S' not 'Z', but the (UK) textbooks I'm reading use 'Z', which to me seems more American somehow.

My phone auto corrects to S.. off to check the language settings..

BiscuitMillionaire Tue 13-Dec-16 21:55:26

You are correct. 's' spelling is British, 'z' is American. Neither is wrong.

gillybeanz Tue 13-Dec-16 21:57:43

Is this the same with socialisation and socialization?
I've seen both but the "z" shows wrong spelling.

SouthernComforts Tue 13-Dec-16 21:59:40

Yes, my phone is set to UK English. I've only noticed it on this specific uni module - Business, so the word organisation features heavily!

The OU website also uses Z.

SouthernComforts Tue 13-Dec-16 22:00:57

Gilly, the book I'm reading uses Z in realize too.

gillybeanz Tue 13-Dec-16 23:09:25

I heard it was American spelling too, but wasn't sure if it was the same for all the words using "S" or "Z"

Nightmanagerfan Tue 13-Dec-16 23:15:14

UK spelling and grammar has two "styles" a Oxford and Cambridge. Oxford spelling uses "z" spellings and Cambridge uses "s".

(Oxford grammar has other differences including the Oxford comma.)

I'm a former book editor by the way so was once paid to know these things!

SouthernComforts Tue 13-Dec-16 23:46:27

Interesting! Thanks night.

SouthernComforts Tue 13-Dec-16 23:49:30

Is there a reason only certain words can use both S or Z and others can't? Is it only words with 'ise' in?

SenecaFalls Tue 13-Dec-16 23:55:36

The "ize" spelling is actually older in British English than "ise."

SouthernComforts Wed 14-Dec-16 00:10:26

Thanks Seneca, interesting that they are both correct and yet I would never use -ize, I wonder if it stems from school? Although I don't recall ever being told -ize is wrong.

zappa2001 Sat 24-Dec-16 16:54:19

-ize is wrong in the UK. When in America, -ize away!

zappa2001 Sat 24-Dec-16 16:55:41

It all stems from autocorrect/suggsted spelling thanks to Microsoft Word.

SenecaFalls Sun 25-Dec-16 18:04:49

-ize is wrong in the UK

No, it's not.

CommonFramework Mon 30-Jan-17 23:03:22

Both -ise and -ize are correct in the UK!! Check out the Oxford Dictionaries blog on the subject.

Which you use doesn't matter as long as you're consistent within a document. And some words never take an ize ending (advise, etc.) so you have to watch for those.

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