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  • Writer's pictureAmanda George

Are you an -ise or an -ize person?

Do you like -ise or -ize suffixes?

๐Ÿ”† I am an <ise> person.

๐Ÿ”† Please don't ask me why.

๐Ÿ”† Okay, if you insist.

๐Ÿ”† We used -ise suffixes when I was Publications Officer at St John's College.

๐Ÿ”† I told myself it was a 'Cambridge' thing (because it wasn't an OUP thing).

๐Ÿ”† But that is not true (Judith Butcher favours -ize endings).

๐Ÿ”† So it is a 'me' thing.

๐Ÿ”† Also, -ize is not an Americanism (see infographic for a bit of history).

๐Ÿ”† So, again, my preference for -ise is a 'me' thing.

๐Ÿ”† It does mean you don't have to decide whether a word ๐•ž๐•ฆ๐•ค๐•ฅ ๐•™๐•’๐•ง๐•– an -ise ending (e.g. comprise, revise โ€“ see infographic for a list of these words).

๐Ÿ”† As opposed to those where there is an option (e.g. organise/ize; summarise/ize; realise/ize). So, for someone who's not confident about this, choosing -ise will probably make their life easier.

๐Ÿ”† But that's probably not a very good excuse for choosing one over the other.

๐Ÿ”† If a client doesn't have a style guide, I will go with their majority usage.

๐Ÿ”† Or ask them if they have a preference (and explain what mine is).

๐Ÿ”† Do YOU have a preference?

๐Ÿ”† Anyway, enjoy the infographic.

๐Ÿ”† And then you can decide for yourself. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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