[Dixielandjazz] -ize and -ise

Anton Crouch a.crouch at unsw.edu.au
Sun Sep 14 17:50:49 PDT 2003

Hello PatL and BillH

Many an argument about American/English spellings and words ends with the
Anglophiliacs reeling back in surprised horror. Yes, -ize is the old
English (and American) and -ise is the new-fangled French.

Just think of it - that bastard William thumped the Anglo-Saxons in 1066
and we still haven't returned to English spellings and words. Who would eat
beef in autumn when we can enjoy ox in fall?

Antonius Crux

PS, Bill: There is now a 3rd edition of Fowler (1996), with the same
comments about -ize and -ise.

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