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Preferred spellings

Common Australian spellings

'e' words


Common Australian spellings

UTAS printed and web publications use Australian spellings. For example::

  • 'our', not 'or', e.g. colour, favourite, neighbour, humour
  • 'program', not 'programme'
  • 're', not 'er', e.g. centre, millimetre
  • 's', not a 'z', e.g. advertise, advise, analyse, authorise, comprise, compromise, emphasise, enterprise, finalise, standardise, standardising, standardisation, supervise.

Other common Australian spellings include:

  • statewide
  • undergraduate
  • videoconference, videoconferencing
  • web (no capital)
  • web page (two words)
  • website
  • world wide web
  • world-class
  • worldwide, not world-wide.

Also, refer to the sections on 'e' words and 'Hyphens'.

'e' words

In general use a lower case e with the next letter in upper case when referring to the set of words prefixed with an 'e' (for electronic). For example:

  • eBook
  • eBusiness
  • eEducation
  • eEducation program
  • eLearning
  • ePortfolio
  • eResearch
  • eResearch developments
  • eTeaching
  • eZine.

Note: email (no hyphen, all lower case).


Some common issues include:

  • 'head of school' is 'heads of school', e.g. heads of school/faculty/division, not head of schools/faculties/divisions
  • HoS is singular or plural, depending on context
  • bachelors degree or masters degree, not bachelor's degree or bachelors' degree
  • the technically correct Englished plural of platypus is platypods (cf octopods), but commonsense plural is platypus. Other examples are: fish, deer, and sheep.

The English form of words borrowed from French, Latin etc is now generally preferred (the exception tends to be for scientific words):

  • curriculums
  • memorandums
  • forums
  • bureaus
  • plateaus.