Re: Customize or customise in UK-targetted texts

Subject: Re: Customize or customise in UK-targetted texts
From: Geoff Lane <geoff -at- gjctech -dot- co -dot- uk>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2009 11:22:34 +0000

On Tuesday, February 3, 2009, Sarah Blake wrote;

> In general, '-ise' is the UK spelling, whereas '-ize' is the US (or
> 'international') spelling. Most British people will find neither
> jarring.
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Strangely, I thought it was the other way around! Certainly, my UK
spell checkers flag most "-ise" instances as incorrect and offer
"-ize" as correct. Also, for "customize" my installed copy of the
Pocket Oxford Dictionary gives:
"customize v. (also -ise) (-zing or -sing) make or modify
to order; personalize."
To me, this implies that "-ize" is the preferred spelling.

I'm still using the 1994 version of POD but the Oxford Reference
Online (subscription via ISTC membership) returns "customize ( or
customise)" when searching for either spelling.

That said, Sarah is correct that most British people find neither
jarring, to which I'll add that IMO either is correct.

HTH,

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Geoff

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References:
Customize or customise in UK-targetted texts: From: Moshe Kruger (AllWrite)
RE: Customize or customise in UK-targetted texts: From: Sarah Blake

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