-ise endings

Dorian E. Gray israfel at eircom.net
Mon Jan 15 15:31:34 EST 2001

Ania said...
> > I was noticing that words like
> > realise, apologise, and recognise were all spelled contrary to my spell
> > checker (which spells them all with a 'z')  is this standard British
> > spelling?
> > Rebecca D. Ganetzky
> I believe both are acceptable in Gt. Britain, but -ise is more usual, and
> more traditional. What's the situation in Ireland?

"ise" is normal; "ize" is considered American.  It's giving me a lot of
trouble in my writers' workshop, where all the other participants are
American, and keep correcting my (standard British Isles) spelling (to
conform with US standard).  Grr.

Until the sky falls on our heads...

Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net

"Fashion exists for women with no taste, etiquette for people with no
--Queen Marie of Romania

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