Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Mon Jun 16 17:49:23 CEST 2003

At 08:26 -0500 2003-06-16, Peter_Constable at sil.org wrote:

>  > It is a principled etymological spelling, with regard to the suffix
>>  derived from the Greek -izein suffix.
>A spelling principle related to one derivational suffix does not determine
>all spelling conventions.

Oxford spelling is the same as British spelling except for this feature.

They used to be pretty funny about it. In the 1973 revision of the 
1930s Shorter Oxford: "The suffix, whatever the element to which it 
is added, is in its origin the Gr. -izein, L. -izare; and, as the 
pronunciation is also with z, there is no reason why in English the 
special French spelling -iser should ever be followed. Hence here the 
termination is uniformly written -ize."
Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  * http://www.evertype.com

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