I believe the Founding Fathers (I'm sure Ring of Flame can correct me on this) also made a decision to rationalize the language by making changes to words which ended in "re", for example, such as theatre, which they changed to theater. A political statement of intent and a declaration of independence.
What annoyed me about seeing English (US) at the bottom of a Word document when I was a governor of a primary school was firstly how it hit the confidence of the pupils when they were spelling words correctly, only to be told they's made a mistake, and secondly, that whoever had installed the OS was too lazy to correct this for the British market.
I like this poem...
Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.
As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.
Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.
@tcmd35.... I have a copy of this in the ICT Suite and our English Co-ordinator has one too. It's a source of much amusement! ;)
In English, ~ise is the accepted spelling.
This is interesting on the subject:
AskOxford: Are spellings like 'privatize' and 'organize' Americanisms?
The main advantage of the modern -ise habit? Lazy spellers do not have to remember that there are several important words which cannot properly be spelt with -ize. These include words which are not formed by the addition of the -ize prefix to a stem, but by some other root which happens to end in the same syllable, such as -vise (as in televise), -cise (as in incise), and -prise (as in comprise).
Hmm maybe I should start a "mi engrish s l33t" group :D
So I shouldnt be wasting my time looking for spell checking/grammar checking software for el'geek? I really have been looking for it too :)
I quite liked this one The Grammar Lesson
The problem is consistency. Depending on who you speak with at OED or OUP they will tell you -ize is correct for all examples but -ise can also be correct for greek derivations.
American and British English spelling differences - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia goes into this in some more detail, and I have emailed BBC news to see what they use.
Most of my school text books, or at least those which I can remember, used -ise but we did have one science reference book (from a Dutch publisher) which used -ize and it was pointed out to us, by our teachers, that this was incorrect.
Now, I will accept both, but I try to be consistent in using -ise ... and it is only when my spell-checker goes into overdrive it is missed.
It is also worth mentioning that the ubiquitous hyphen, used to concatenate many words, is now frequently removed. Within the National Curriculum this is deemed suitable for most examples, but you need to apply common sense. In other words, it needs to be readable, it needs to be able to be spoken clearly and it needs to be applied consistently.
We also need to remember that some of the differences in language between GB and US english (the correct term is 'British English', not 'UK English' ... if you see it down as "English (UK) it merely indicates you are UK based ... not a derivation of language) are down to the influence of France.