Michael's Happenings

Behavior vs. Behaviour


When I started working with David Ferris in the late 1990s, since many of our clients were in America, I gave up my New Zealand English for American spelling. Even though I should go back to New Zealand English now, I prefer the American way of spelling many words – such as organization and prioritization – and tolerate most of the others (color?).

The word I can’t bring myself to spell in an American way though is behaviour. It just looks weird to take the “u” out of it, and besides, since behaviour is about what “you” and “I” do (act, perform, carry out, put into practice), the “u” needs to be there as a reminder to all of us.

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