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is it Z or S ??

lush191

TRIBE Member
example:

organized
or
organised???

i always thought it was a Z, but have noticed that many use an S--whats the story??
 

Chicago Kid

TRIBE Member
I'm guessing "organised" is the British spelling versus the use of "z" in the American English spelling, which is the case for a lot of words.
 
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Flashy_McFlash

Well-Known TRIBEr
Isn't there a difference in context?

i.e "I realized that the tumor was the size of a basketball" vs. "I realised my dream of having a basketball-sized tumor."
 

sugar

TRIBE Member
Both spellings are acceptable in Canadian English. The important thing is to stick to one variant throughout the text that you're writing.
 
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JAR

TRIBE Member
sugar said:
Both spellings are acceptable in Canadian English. The important thing is to stick to one variant throughout the text that you're writing.
I think both spellings are becoming acceptable worldwide. I work part-time for the British Council in China marking IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exams and both s and z spellings are considered correct on the exam. I agree that what's important is being consistent.
 
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sugar

TRIBE Member
SlipperyPete said:
...don't leave me hangin' Allison
In my mind I was twirling your mustache, but out loud I was high-fiving the Chicago Manual of Style. But I was in my office, so you couldn't see. Next time I'll remember to turn on the webcam.
 

basilisk

TRIBE Member
I actually try to make a point of writing in Canadian English specifically. Funny that they never teach you this shit in schools.

http://www.luther.ca/~dave7cnv/cdnspelling/cdnspelling.html

Until recently I didn't realize that throwing 'u' around isn't the way to make it Canadian. I read somewhere that colour expands to colorful, humour to humorous, not colourful or humourous. Whadda youze guys say, izzat aboot right?
 

Booty Bits

TRIBE Member
sugar said:
In my mind I was twirling your mustache, but out loud I was high-fiving the Chicago Manual of Style. But I was in my office, so you couldn't see. Next time I'll remember to turn on the webcam.
lol!
 
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