Is ending words with 'ised' versus 'ized' just a UK vs US thing?

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I thought I was spelling all the words ending in 'ised' wrong, eg realised, but is that in fact correct UK spelling? I was basing my belief 'ised' was wrong on a US spellchecking program

Amity (Amity), Friday, 16 January 2004 05:08 (10 years ago) Permalink

Well it is wrong on US programs, just like honour or centre. But it's right in the Queene's English.

Leee Majors (Leee), Friday, 16 January 2004 06:04 (10 years ago) Permalink

SOWPODS

gygax! (gygax!), Friday, 16 January 2004 07:00 (10 years ago) Permalink

Ha!

Casuistry (Chris P), Friday, 16 January 2004 07:10 (10 years ago) Permalink

I once read that it's not as simple as '-ise' = UK spelling. That we all use '-ise' for everything here but in fact it should depend on whether the word is Latinate or not. But I never investigated this further because it seemed too much like hard work.

N. (nickdastoor), Friday, 16 January 2004 13:27 (10 years ago) Permalink

Jane Austen used "-ize". But "-ise" looks so much classier.

Markelby (Mark C), Friday, 16 January 2004 13:41 (10 years ago) Permalink

Morse once solved on a murder on the basis that the killer had left a message using 'ise' instead of 'ize', concluding that he was dealing with someone badly educated.

run it off (run it off), Friday, 16 January 2004 13:47 (10 years ago) Permalink

Was the killer referring to the stuff that melts and turns into water?

(Just let me know if it gets too lame.)

Fred Nerk (Fred Nerk), Friday, 16 January 2004 13:52 (10 years ago) Permalink

"Morse once solved on a murder on the basis that the killer had left a message using 'ise' instead of 'ize', concluding that he was dealing with someone badly educated"

Yes, it was viewed by the pedantic Dexter/Morse as a barbaric Americanism which would not be used by an English academic. Ironically, the reverse of the current assumption by many would-be English pedants that ize is the barbaric Americanism.

ArfArf, Friday, 16 January 2004 15:23 (10 years ago) Permalink

also program vs programme

Ed (dali), Friday, 16 January 2004 15:34 (10 years ago) Permalink

The z comes from the Latin izo ending, and is therefore sort of more correct in many words. That doesn't make America all correct, of course, as they tend to use the z on some where it hasn't the Latin roots to validate it, as opposed to the Brits who do the converse. I don't care, myself.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Friday, 16 January 2004 18:04 (10 years ago) Permalink


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