Throughout your writing career, you will need to highlight important points and focus on the most salient aspects of the topic of your writing. Strong writing emphasizes important things and spends less time on less important things. But should this word be spelled emphasize or emphasise? Continue reading to find out.
Use of emphasise:
Emphasise was at one point the predominate spelling in British English. In this sense, it followed other American-British spelling differences, such as organization-organisation, realize-realise, baptized-baptised, and others. However, within the last 100 years or so, emphasize has replaced emphasise in British English as the predominate spelling.
“It is one of the few terms that people remember from history classes that does not involve hard power . . . and it’s precisely those positive associations that the Chinese want to emphasise,” says Valerie Hansen, professor of Chinese history at Yale University. (The Financial Times)
Use of emphasize:
Emphasise or emphasize:
Emphasise and emphasize are two spelling variants of a verb that means to highlight the importance of something. Historically, emphasise was standard in British English, but today, emphasize is more common in both British and American English. Emphasize shares its Z with Zurich and Zanzibar, two places which exist in the modern world. Since you are writing in a world which includes these places, you should also include the word emphasize in your writing.