Our spelling choices
You’ll notice that we spell words like recognize, organize, sympathize and utilize with a ‘z’. This is the first spelling given in British dictionaries for words derived from the Greek zeta root – it’s not necessarily the American spelling! If you prefer to use ‘s’ in your own writing, this will never be wrong except in capsize. When we’re editing other people’s writing, we’ll follow their preference – which in the UK is usually -ise.