Posts tagged ‘spelling’

November 2, 2010

Let’s Prioritize

The spelling is different, the concept is the same

In the US you prioritize, sympathize, analyze, you realize and organize whereas in England you might do all of the same things but they end up looking different: you priortise, symphatise, analyse, realise and organise.  A US spell checker on your computer will draw red squiggly lines under all your -ise words.  We don’t accept those here in the US.   Apparently the Brits are more flexible and do let you get away with the -ize forms, in fact that’s what the Oxford dictionary uses.

As often, the Australians and New Zealanders follow the British rules and so they also prefer prioritisation over prioritization.  The EU also uses the -ise forms.

It’s no big deal, really, as the words are readily understood whether they have a z or an s in it.  It’s just one of those things that cause confusion at times and so I thought I clear it up.