Subject: Re: [boost] [ratio] Assignation between equivalent ratios
From: Daniel Hulme (st_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-12-07 10:23:37
On Mon, Dec 07, 2009 at 11:47:38PM +1100, Christian Schladetsch wrote:
> This may seem petty, but is there a specific need or demonstrable pretext
> for the use of Americanised 'z' over the traditional 's' in the term
Not only petty but misguided. The Oxford English Dictionary gives
"normalize" as the primary spelling and notes that both -ise and -ize
have been around since the 18th century.
It's quite commonplace to assume that -ise is traditional English but
-ize is American, but the historical evidence doesn't bear out this
world-view. OED's -ize entry notes that "prob. the earliest -ize word in
Eng." is "baptize," a traditional spelling that has now fallen into
disuse. The -ise/-ize variation long predates the colonisation of the
Americas by Europeans.
I hope that this helps you to feel better about reading the word
"normalize" correctly spelt.
-- âBut it fareth with Sentences as with coynes: In coines, they that in smallest compasse conteine greatest value, are best esteemed: and, in sentences, those that in fewest words comprise most matter, are most praised.â -- Lancelot Andrewes
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