A Weekly Series of Riffs in 200 Words
When our American neighbours reach for a ‘Z’, we Aussies generally fancy the ‘S’. However, my trusty [Collins English] dictionary (circa late last century) has a few exceptions.
When I follow the dictionary (in the manner I was taught to use it), I believe Editors think I am insane. Working on the assumption that because my dictionary was ‘English’ and OLD (so old that its spine is broken, the pages are discoloured and some are ripped), I purchased a brand spanking new ‘Collins Concise Australian Dictionary’ but I remain unenlightened.
Here are some examples to show you how I use my dictionary:-
- realize or realise (Because ‘ize’ comes first and there is no listing on its own under realise then, the listing would tell me that the correct spelling is ‘ize’).
- fantasize or fantasise (same as the above example – I would opt for ‘ize’)
Has dictionary use changed over the years? Am I being pedantic? Or was I taught incorrectly? Does the first word represent the ‘preferred’ or ‘more correct’ spelling?
I’m betwixt and between, at sixes and sevens, between a rock and a hard place.
The answer to Friday’s fictionary dictionary…VAIR is fur used to trim robes in the middle ages.