I thought summarize was the US spelling, but Doxical uses -ize also. What’s going on?
The -ize spelling is also the preferred Oxford (international English) spelling, and the Doxical International Style Guide follows the Oxford dictionary. Some Oxford spellings are recognize, programme, colour, and tyre.
Oxford is always a safe choice, but remember that the way we spell is driven by our audience not our location. So, if you are writing to an Australian company, use the Macquarie dictionary (recognise, program, colour, tyre). Or for Canadian audiences, use the Canadian Merriam-Webster dictionary (recognize, program, colour, tire). Similarly, for American audiences, use an American dictionary (recognize, program, color, tire).
If you are writing for other audiences (in Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, for example) or you aren’t confident in writing Australian, Canadian, or American, it’s never wrong to use the Oxford. The important thing is to be consistent within each document.
Style Guide: spelling rules
October 8, 2015 / Tim McAuley / 0