Talk:4th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North East

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115 Pro Coy RMP is not part of 4th Mech Bde and has stayed in Germany. Catterick is policed by 150 Pro Coy RMPPandaplodder (talk) 17:58, 21 February 2009 (UTC)


Needs to be changed to from American English to English as in Mechanised

My copy of the Concise Oxford Dictionary (8th edition printed 1992) gives the following

mechanize [gives phonetic spelling] (also -ise) .....

This implies that -ize is the primary English spelling and that -ise is an alternative. If you look up the unit on the Army website it is spelt -ize (although the link at the bottom of the page now goes to a closed page and the connecting link allows only member access so I can't say what it says now. Until clear evidence can be found to show that the army now spells it -ise it should remain unchanged and the -ize spelling should be used throughout the article (so I am reverting the recent edit).
It is interesting that the preface (written in 1990) of this British dictionary touches on the subject:

Spelling and hyphenation have been extensively revised. [not revized!] Because English is a language that has exceptional tolerance of variations in spelling (enquire and inquire, generalize and generalise, and so on) these are areas of particular difficulty to the users of a dictionary. The spellings have been revised in accordance with a critical evaluation of the evidence...

Stephen Kirrage talk - contribs 00:29, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

Here is an org chart of the British Army [1]. Fascinating. 4th is 4th Mechanized but 1st and 12th are Mechanised!! It appears the Army can't make up its mind either! Stephen Kirrage talk - contribs 00:36, 3 March 2009 (UTC)