[OT] The 2006 Wireless Networking Summit - Typo
Posted Apr 11, 2006 19:26 UTC (Tue) by JoeBuck
In reply to: [OT] The 2006 Wireless Networking Summit - Typo
Parent article: The 2006 Wireless Networking Summit
Continuing the off-topic meta-discussion:
You incorrectly think that there was a British standard that Webster decided to deviate from. In the 18th century, spelling was a free-for-all; even highly educated English-speaking writers on both sides of the Atlantic didn't even follow consistent spelling for the same word in the same document. There was no standard, and the two great standardizers (Webster in the US, Johnson in Britain) made different decisions.
Furthermore, many "Americanisms" represent an older British use, for example, the American pronounciation of "schedule".
And the British OED blesses "-ize" in most cases over "-ise", even for British English (Canadian reference picked for neutrality), for words of Latin/Greek origin, though modern Brits put "-ise" everywhere as a reaction against the Americans, even though, as the OED shows, they didn't do so in times past.
In this particular case, I do think that the British approach to punctuation in quotes is more logical.
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