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Spelling {{#invoke:main|main}} The OED lists British headword spellings (e.g. labour, centre) with variants following (labor, center, etc.). For the suffix more commonly spelt -ise in British English, OUP policy dictates a preference for the spelling -ize, e.g. realize vs realise and globalization vs globalisation. The rationale is etymological, in that the English suffix mainly derives from the Greek suffix -ιζειν, (-izein), or the Latin -izāre.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> However -ze is also sometimes treated as an Americanism insofar as the -ze suffix has crept into words where it did not originally belong, as with analyse (British English), which is spelt analyze in American English.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>See also -ise/-ize at American and British English spelling differences.</ref>

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