Plain Language Commission . Clear English Standard

About us

  1. Team members
  2. Why use plain language?
  3. Our business principles
  4. Frequent questions about our range of services
  5. Before-and-after examples
  6. How we test and apply our standards
  7. Words or figures?
  8. Our spelling choices
  9. Errors on the site
  10. Our terms of business and our privacy policy
  11. Cookies

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.

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