Word Choice – Organize or Organise
Gail’s question: “It is becoming more difficult to remember the correct Canadian spelling of words, especially since Microsoft software only references American grammar and spelling. For example, I would spell “organisation” with an ‘s.’ Is this correct?”
BizWritingTip response: My favourite reference books for Canadian spelling are The Canadian Press Caps and Spelling and the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Both books claim that organize is spelled with a “z.” This is also the American spelling.
Organise and organize are both accepted in British spelling. However, a 2004 UK survey stated that 60% of the respondents favoured the –ise ending.
If you want more information on the differences between Canadian, British and American spelling, check out the earlier BizWritingTip Blog: How should I spell it?
By the way, you might want to ask your IT department how to set up a Canadian English dictionary in your version of Word.