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Subject: Re: [ubl] Specialised vs. specialized


I heard in the TBG17 meeting that the dictionary has been bought by the US
so spellings are changed. TBG17 decided to stick with the original 's'
of the older 'Oxford' Oxford.


----- Original Message -----
From: <jon.bosak@sun.com>
To: <ubl@lists.oasis-open.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2004 1:48 AM
Subject: [ubl] Specialised vs. specialized

> Folks,
> I've just made a truly sad discovery: a usage I thought was
> preferred British is not.  We decided a while ago to use Oxford
> English, and that means the Oxford English Dictionary.  I thought
> up till now that Oxford English meant "specialised" rather than
> "specialized."  But on checking I have just discovered that not
> only does the OED prefer "ize" to "ise" *in general*, but it does
> not even have an entry for "specialised."  And if it ain't in the
> OED, it ain't English no matter where you live.  (The form with
> the s does appear in some of the historical citations, but unlike
> "despatch," it doesn't rate a listing as a recognized alternative.
> Same with "customise," which doesn't even appear in citations.)
> Unless someone can find me a British authority of equal weight to
> the contrary (and no, I don't count something like Chambers as
> equal to the OED), I'm going to have to change this.
> Fortunately this will be a fairly straightforward task in the
> master document text, the file names, and the schemas, and I'm up
> to doing it for the build due out Friday night.  But it will
> also require changes in the following two illustrations, for which
> I do not have the original art:
>    Figure 2
>    Figure B-5
> Jon
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