Wize Up

We say “fall” and the British say, “autumn.” But they changed it, not us. They used to say “fall” in England, too.

I just found out that the same goes for spelling “organize” with an s instead of a z.

From AskOxford.com:

Q: Are spellings like ‘privatize’ and ‘organize’ Americanisms?

A: No, not really.

When American spelling was standardized during the 19th century, the consistent use of -ize was one of the conventions that became established.

However, since then, the -ise spellings have become more popular in Britain, perhaps partly as a reaction against the American custom.

Spellings such as organisation would have struck many older British writers as rather French-looking.

The Oxford English Dictionary favoured -ize… and this was also the style of Encyclopaedia Britannica (even before it was American-owned) and formerly of the Times newspaper.

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One Response to “Wize Up”

  1. Jill
    July 27, 2008 at 9:56 pm #

    Yeah, these people need to make up their minds. Colour is the one that always gets me…

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