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OK, I've always thought I was an above-average speller, I've always had the ability to spell words that I've never even heard of, it's just some weird ability I've always had. So anyways, I visit websites on a regular basis for ideas, inspiration and just knowledge in general and one of the things that always jumps out at me is spelling errors. So, I was visiting a site and noticed that "organisation" was spelled wrong, but then I started noticing that almost every website I went to had the word "organisation" in it and started wondering, is it possible that I have been spelling it incorrectly, or maybe it was one of those words that has more than one spelling and I just never knew it. So I went to my trusted online dictionary as I always do when in doubt and found that the word "organisation" is not a word according to the english dictionary.

 

So, my question is: Is there some unwritten rule about spelling the word organization (or organisation) that I don't know of or have hundreds of people (possibly thousands or even millions) really spelled this word wrong on their websites?

 

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I think it all depends on where you live in the word. In the US, it's "organization". In Australia and Canada, I think it's "organisation".

 

I'm sure Australians / Canadians here at the forum we'll let us know.

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I think it all depends on where you live in the word. In the US, it's "organization". In Australia and Canada, I think it's "organisation".

 

I'm sure Australians / Canadians here at the forum we'll let us know.

 

Nope, according to my Oxford Canadian Dictionary, there is no such word as organisation. I think there's just an epidemic of misspelling going on.

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That's strange. I just found organisation in this dictionary.

 

I also found this:

 

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary (Beta Version) - Cite This Source - Share This

ˌorganiˈzation, *ˌorganiˈsation1 noun

a group of people working together for a purpose

Example: a business organization

Arabic: مُنَظَّمَه

Chinese (Simplified): 组织,团体

Chinese (Traditional): 組織,團体

Czech: organizace

Danish: organisation; -organisation

Dutch: organisatie

Estonian: organisatsioon

Finnish: organisaatio

French: organisation

German: die Organisation

Greek: οργανισμός, οργάνωση

Hungarian: szervezet

Icelandic: félag, samtök

Indonesian: organisasi

Italian: organizzazione

Japanese: 組織

Korean: 조직체

Latvian: organizācija

Lithuanian: organizacija

Norwegian: forening, organisasjon

Polish: organizacja

Portuguese (Brazil): organização

Portuguese (Portugal): organização

Romanian: organizaţie

Russian: организация

Slovak: organizácia

Slovenian: organizacija

Spanish: organización

Swedish: organisation

Turkish: kurum, kuruluş

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So, my question is: Is there some unwritten rule about spelling the word organization (or organisation) that I don't know of or have hundreds of people (possibly thousands or even millions) really spelled this word wrong on their websites?

 

Here in the UK we write organisation.

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Canadian here - and for some reason I've always spelled it "organization" and thought that "organisation" was a mispelling. :)

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Thank you all for your responses. I actually had wondered if it was a Canadian or UK spelling. I had noticed that some of the sites were not from the US. I just couldn't bring myself to believe that THAT many people had spelled that word wrong on their websites, there had to be a logical explanation.

 

Now, maybe I can quit obsessing about it. I really think I have undiagnosed OCD sometimes. LOL

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Canadian here - and for some reason I've always spelled it "organization" and thought that "organisation" was a mispelling. :)

 

Me too!! I actually assumed that "organisation" was an Americanized-spelling! :poster_oops:

 

Now, maybe I can quit obsessing about it. I really think I have undiagnosed OCD sometimes. LOL

 

Too funny! Rebecka, I, too see mispellings all over the Net and it has a tendancy to drive me crazy and OCD at times. I have come to the point of simply finding it entertaining to see websites where editing and writing services are offered yet are filled with spelling errors and typos. It would be nice if I could read something without having those things jump out at me, at least it would make for a more relaxed read! Nice to know I'm not the only one. :blink:

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OK - This is intriguing to me because I was born in the UK and live in Canada and always thought that it was supposed to be with a z and that is how I have always spelled it. I was proofreading a PPT Presentation for a client and he (they) had it as an s, as was the word specialised. (FYI - I have a red squiggle under the way I have just spelled specialized so this software dictionary is with a z.)

 

I changed all his presentation to make it consistent, (with a z), but was under the impression that it was a US way of spelling, (s, not z). Now I don't really know!!! It's very amusing to me that globally, English speaking people cannot be on the same page with some VERY simple things in life and someone always feels the need to personalize or personalise :wacko: it to a country. :blink:

 

p.s. is this conversation somewhat akin to the correct way of putting a roll of toilet paper on the holder? Some things can generate a wonderful amount of input. :D

That's what's so great about this forum - never a dull moment.

 

 

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Specialised! That was the other one that was driving me crazy! I was trying to think of it this morning, but couldn't. Don't even get me started on the toilet paper roll... My OCD is agitated just thinking about it! LOL

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Hi,

 

There are different spelling for some words on different sides of the Atlantic, organisation (UK English) is one example.

But the one gets me thinking is colour (Uk English) color (US English). Why the difference with this word, I do not know.

 

I use Microsoft software and there are two english dictionaries to choose from, one US English other UK English, for me it depends what default dictionary I have turned on at the time.

 

Specialisation falles in to the same bracket, I think if a word has a "z" sound in it then we spell it with an "s" (UK English).

 

"Z" is pronounced differently here (English speaking Europeans) than in the America and Canada that is where I think, IMHO, the differences come from.

 

As for the toilet roll, I prefer to have the paper coming from the front :D

 

 

 

Regards,

Edited by Vicky101

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Hi Rebecka

 

Words ending in .......sation is the British form.

Words ending in .......zation is the USA form.

 

Former British colonies and Europe use the British form. In am not sure where Canada and Australia, both members of the British Commonwealth, stand on this. Countries that prefer American English, like Brazil, use the American form. As I grew up in a British colony that also had an American presence (there was an American airbase in our country during World War 11), we were exposed to the variations between the two forms of the language. You'd be surprised to discover there are many more differences.

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Yes, 'organisation' is the correct spelling here in Australia. I'm really aware of different spellings, especially the US - there are a number of words that I've become accustomed to being careful with. But even as we speak I'm grumbling at the red squiggly line under the word in question :D

 

LJ

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