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In message  <[log in to unmask]> [log in to unmask] writes:
> In-Reply-To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Bruce said:
> > So for English, I think the norm [for -IZE/ISE] is now with the Z.
>
> Actually I suspect that S might be becoming more popular -- and as the
> result of American influence.  The first (American) compilers of
> computerized spelling dictionaries mistook -ISE for _the_ British
> spelling rather than _a_ British spelling.  As a result forms in -IZE,
> which are perfectly acceptable, are flagged as misspellings by spelling
> checkers.  (I also detect a tendency, where two spellings are possible,
> to adopt the spelling perceived as not American, regardless of what
> traditional British spelling.)
>
> I'm very much an -IZE man myself!
 
So am I when -ize is a suffix (e.g. organize, computerize). When it is
part of an inseparable word, I prefer -ise (e.g. revise).
 
 
--
Cheradenine Zakalwe (aka Phil Hunt)
Eurolanga Publicizationa Organization
http://www.vision25.demon.co.uk/eurolang.htm