I'm proposing a retag as: [queuing-theory] --> [queueing-theory]. You can vote for it here:


Quoting from Wikipedia:

The spelling "queueing" over "queuing" is typically encountered in the academic research field. In fact, one of the flagship journals of the profession is named Queueing Systems.

Please comment and vote as you see apt.

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    $\begingroup$ Note that one has to have enough (5 scores) upvoted answers in that specific tag to upvote the proposal. $\endgroup$ Jan 10, 2011 at 10:54
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    $\begingroup$ Google gives 11M hits for queuing, and 10M for queueing, 190K for "queuing theory" and 267K for "queueing theory". I would think either spelling is acceptable. But you really should make one of the spellings a synonym of the other. $\endgroup$ Jan 10, 2011 at 15:18
  • $\begingroup$ @Peter: Grammatically, queuing is the correct form, since the final e is dropped when the word takes -ing (except in special cases). That's why there are more results for queuing than there are for queueing. However, queueing theory is a stylized term for this field in academia, and so I think we should respect it. Anyway, your last sentence tells everything: "[we] should make one of the spellings a synonym of the other." $\endgroup$ Jan 10, 2011 at 16:21
  • $\begingroup$ @Sadeq: And given the wikipedia quote, I agree that "queueing" is the obvious choice. (Unless we have any vocal grammar sticklers here.) $\endgroup$ Jan 10, 2011 at 16:57
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    $\begingroup$ @Peter we can send them off to english.stackexchange.com :) $\endgroup$ Jan 10, 2011 at 17:17
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    $\begingroup$ I'm not sure there are even enough people with 5 upvoted answers in queueing theory to carry this proposal. Can moderators make this change? $\endgroup$ Jan 11, 2011 at 2:34
  • $\begingroup$ @Peter: Good call! $\endgroup$ Jan 11, 2011 at 6:28
  • $\begingroup$ Rereading my comment, I see I misspoke. I meant 5 upvotes on answers in queueing theory. But still ... Are any moderators listening? $\endgroup$ Jan 11, 2011 at 13:59
  • $\begingroup$ I am now :). (we really need more moderators). It's done. $\endgroup$ Jan 11, 2011 at 17:41
  • $\begingroup$ @Sadeq: Both forms are correct in non-academic English. (And that should be "orthographically", not "grammatically".) See also "cueing" vs "cuing". $\endgroup$
    – Jeffε
    Jan 13, 2011 at 17:30
  • $\begingroup$ @JeffE: Thanks for pointing out the difference between "orthographically" and "grammatically." Several spell-checkers catch "queueing" as error, and that's why I said it's incorrect. However, few dictionaries (such as Concise Oxford English or Merriam-Webster) cite both spelling. (Maybe due to its academic use?) Anyway, I'm not a lexicographer, and as Suresh suggested, such discussion is apt for english.stackexchange.com. $\endgroup$ Jan 13, 2011 at 22:33


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