Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Whether to fertilize or fertilise

Discussing American vs English spellings with my Chinese office-mate and found this. Wiki rocks!

I would've used fertilise in preference, but apparently both are acceptable in English and etymologically fertilize is better, deriving directly from Greek, rather than via French... I never reali(s/z)ed I was such a Francophile!

1 comment:

RUTH said...

I have a strong preference for New Zealand English and Wikipedia says "In Australia and New Zealand -ise spellings strongly prevail" so I won't be metamorphizing any time soon.