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Ali.hWhich country uses the S instead of the Z such as in words like organisation, is it England or America?I think Americans prefer the 'z' and that British spelling accepts both 's' and 'z'.
Ali.hAnd do all of the rest of the officially English speaking countries go with the British way?I wouldn't know that.
Ali.hAnd also can you please give all the possible (as much as possible) words wherein the S is also Z.The 50 most common instances are: agonize, apologize, authorize, baptize, centralize, characterize, civilize, colonize, computerize, criticize, crystal(l)ize, dramatize, emphasize, exorcize, fertilize, fossilize, generalize, hypnotize, industrialize, institutionalize, jeopardize, localize, materialize, maximize, mechanize, mesmerize, minimize, mobilize, modernize, nationalize, naturalize, neutralize, organize, penalize, polarize, pressurize, publicize, rationalize, realize, revolutionize, scrutinize, specialize, subsidize, summarize, symbolize, sympathize, utilize, visualize.
Anonymous:In England, all students are taught to use 's' instead of 'z' e.g 'Localise' and not 'Localize'. But, in science it is more common to use 'z' like 'organizm' than 'organism' even though this is not correct. I'm glad to see that even if it says 'z' on the board that students copy it down with the 's', it's preserving the English way of spelling things.
Personally, I love America, but it does kinda get annoying when things are spelt with a 'z'.
Just my 'specialised' opinion
Anonymous:in all my years of study at the university, I have never seen anyone use the word organizm.
Anonymous:Agreed that looked strange to me as well.
Anonymous:That is exactly what I was thinking
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