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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read, 18 Jan 2013
This review is from: Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare (Paperback)
A well structured and written book, informative with great examples.

Just one thing that knocks a star off, why the z's? I found it quite ironic that a book about English written [apparently] by an Englishman could use the American spelling of words such as organisation, yet words like colour were spelt 'correctly'... I was expecting to come across a paragraph justifying the decision but it never materialiZed...
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Initial post: 7 Jun 2013 14:33:17 BDT
Rowena says:
The author is using Oxford spelling (or Oxford English Dictionary spelling) which is the spelling used by Oxford University Press (OUP), including in its Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Other eBritish dictionary publishers that use it include Cassell, Collins, and Longman. Oxford spelling uses the suffix ‑ize instead of -ise: organization, privatize and recognizable instead of organisation, privatise and recognisable. The spelling affects about 200 verbs, and is favoured on etymological grounds, in that -ize corresponds more closely to the Greek root, -izo, of most -ize verbs.The suffix -ize has been in use in the UK since the 16th century, and continues to be the spelling used in American English. In past few decades -ise has become more common in the UK, with the result that -ize may be regarded incorrectly as an exclusively American variant. The OED lists the -ise form of words separately, as "a frequent spelling of -IZE...".
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