September 11, 2008

You say tomato, I say tomahto.  Ironic that English, universally acknowledged by all but a small pocket of people working at the Académie française as the lingua franca of globalisation, has not yet agreed on how to spell the word.  Nationality still matters when it comes to your spelling, even if the globalised world doesn’t do borders.  On one side of the pond, globalization takes a hard edge with an assertive z.  On the other, it is a kinder, gentler gloablisation, all rounded and soft (and maybe just a little bit socialist, I hear a good Republican out there saying).  Thus as I am an American  writing a blog on globalisation from London, before proceeding any further, I must address this issue and make a definitive decision on how to spell globalis/zation.

Sorry to disappoint all of you back at home, but I fear I’ve gone soft.  My writing is already littered with extraneous u’s and unnecessary s’s.  I generally blame my conversion on the process of writing a PhD in the UK: I had to write using British spelling, and as it was a three + year project containing over 80,000 words, the olde continent’s spelling habits stuck.  Though so as not to disappoint the home team too much, you’ll be happy to know that the process of having a baby has firmly re-established American vocabulary in our house: I just can’t make the jump to changing nappies, putting my son’s dummy back in his mouth or pushing him around town in his pram.

But with regards to spelling, I have been Anglicised, or one could say, globalised.  So for Interdependence Complex, it will be globalised from here on out.  Cheerio!


3 Responses to “Globalis/zation”

  1. Federico said

    Ciao Lauren e bentornata! (Non ne potevo più di leggere il blog di Marco ;))

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