Language & Style Guide: Spelling

Lakehead uses a mix of British/Canadian and American spelling. We recommend the following choices:

The British/Canadian spelling of words containing “ou”: 

Examples:  honour, honourable, humour, famous, behaviour, colour, flavour, neighbour, labour (but: honorary)

The British usage of doubling the consonant:

Examples: enrol (but: enrolled, enrolling, enrollment); fulfil (but: fulfilled, fulfilling, fulfillment); marshal (but: marshalled, marshalling); travel (but: travelled, traveller); focus (but: focussed, focussing) 

The British/Canadian usage accepts both “ize” and “ise” in words such as organize, organise; advertise, advertize. Either one is correct as long as one is consistent. (but: Use the American spelling for analyze, not analyse) See: A-to-Z Index

The American spelling for Paleo, as in the Paleo-DNA Lab (not palaeo), and Aging, as in the Centre for Research on Aging and Health (not ageing). 

Note: When the spelling of the common-noun element of a proper name differs from our style, Lakehead uses the spelling favoured by the subject or the proper noun. For example, it is Lincoln Center (not Lincoln Centre) and Color Your World (not Colour Your World). One exception is the names of government departments and agencies. If you are writing about the labour department in the American government, use the Canadian spelling; if you are using it a proper noun (the U.S. Department of Labor), use the American spelling.