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mercredi 27 janvier 2010

Words ending in "ize"/ "ise”

Ce billet a été rédigé par Jonathan Goldberg, que je remercie

Anyone with a fairly good command of English will have learned that English words ending in “ise” as spelled in Britain and Commonwealth countries take “ize” in the United States. It is worth noting, however, that the following words do not follow that rule, because they end in “ise” even in the United States.

Advertise, advise, apprise, arise, chastise, circumcise, comprise, compromise, demise, despise, devise, disguise, emprise, enfranchise, excise, exercise, franchise, improvise, incise, merchandise, premise, prise, revise, supervise, surmise, surprise, televise.

The saying that Britain and America are "two nations divided by a common language" has been attributed to Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde. Any information from readers on the real source of that saying is welcome.

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