Literature Abuse

Melissa Proffitt Melissa at Proffitt.com
Fri Mar 23 16:41:02 EST 2001


On Fri, 23 Mar 2001 19:12:30 -0000, Anna Skarzynska wrote:

>
>> American reprints of Dickens and Austen and others sometimes "standardize"
>> the spelling and punctuation, so I have two copies of _Pride and
>Prejudice_,
>> one for each style.  I like it pure.  :)
>>
>> Melissa Proffitt
>
>And this neatly brings me back to the -ise vs. -ize topic.

I had to change the spelling when I typed it above.  :)

> I had a
>conversation about it with my PhD supervisor who's American, and he said
>that using -ise endings was, in his opinion, a backlash of sorts against all
>things American, but in fact -ize is the more correct form. He then showed
>me his copy of the _Oxford_ guide to style, and sure enough, this most
>English of publications stated that -ize is to be used except when it's
>obviously inappropriate, like in e.g. advise or practise.
>I stand corrected, then.

How interesting.  And here I thought the spelling shift backlash had only
gone the other way, Americans against the Olde Countrie.

Of course, Americans spell it "practice" in both noun and verb form....

Melissa Proffitt
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