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"-ize" endings » answer
by Catesse (AU), 2014-01-12, 07:50  Spam?  
For those who came in late or who have been watching a different programme: a rule was established long ago on DE-EN forum re nouns that take the endings "-ize" or "-ise":
"-ize" is not to be tagged, as it is correct in both UK and US,.
"-ise" is to be tagged as [Br.], because it is incorrect in US, but optional in UK.
Not my decision, but by general agreement and with reference to British dictionary sources.
-ise endings  #740775
by Don (NZ/GB), 2014-01-12, 10:47  Spam?  
Without detracting from the point you're making, I would like to say that I use -ise endings exclusively: -ize endings look strange in my eyes.
Don  #740780
by geo255 (US), 2014-01-12, 11:29  Spam?  
De gustibus non disputandem est.  :-)
Don  #740819
by Catesse (AU), 2014-01-12, 14:49  Spam?  
Likewise. I had an editor sacked for changing the "-ise" endings in one of my books to "-ize". (It was not my quirky preference; she was flouting the "house style".) However, this was argued out comprehensively in Forum, and it was "dictionaries at ten paces". It got a bit brutal. It turns out that The Times and the BBC and several leading UK dictionaries are at loggerheads on this point, and it was decided that the "-ize" endings must be recognised as allowable in [Br.], therefore should not be tagged as [Am.].
I have a feeling that the rejection of "-ize" is perhaps stronger in NZ and Oz than in the UK. But the dict. "house style" has been determined and it must be followed.
Catesse  #740834
by Don (NZ/GB), 2014-01-12, 16:03  Spam?  
Hardly anyone uses -ize spellings in the UK (and probably Ireland) either, only a few renegades.

4; geo255: Latin is not my strong point (knowledge zero), but I think I got the gist.
Don  #740839
by geo255 (US), 2014-01-12, 16:17  Spam?  
Hi, Don:


You say tomato (to-may-to) and I say tomato (to-mah-to).  lol
-ize endings  #742588
by Catesse (AU), 2014-01-23, 04:33  Spam?  
Personally, I would not use "-ize" as the usual verb ending, unless I was being paid by an American publication to write for a US readership. But the point, Don, is not what we prefer, or feel to be correct. It is what the authorities say.
Wikipedia(EN): Oxford_spelling
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