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10th September 2010, 02:01 PM #31
It is often said that Britain and America are "two nations divided by a common language".
11th September 2010, 11:24 PM #32
S chadenfreudebeing one of them
Originally Posted by Hightower
11th September 2010, 11:35 PM #33
That's like complaining about foreign food appearing in the country. An argument you will lose (as British food sucks, compared to world foods).
Originally Posted by witch
And anyway, 'anonymise' is the French version of 'Anonymize' which has made its way into the British dictionary. So, blame the French, not the Yanks.
12th September 2010, 12:06 AM #34
Anonymous is the adjective, anonymise is the verb to make something anonymous. The etymology of verbs being created from stems which, for all intentions, are those applied to adjectives or adverbs is nothing new. The stem is Greek, but with common late Latin use (ie post Roman Empire but being in consistent use and following linguistic rules of the language), likely to have been derived from the original Greek.
Originally Posted by witch
Technically, the word follows the rules about the creation of verbs, is in common usage in both UK and US but is yet to appear in all common dictionaries, so can legitimately be questioned.
To rephrase I could have put, "Will the data, should it be shared with agencies other than EduGeek Staff and EduGeek Mods, have selected sections removed to ensure anonymity to sources of information?" or perhaps, "The collected, consulted and amalgamated entries within the aforementioned survey will be generating, storing and providing significant sources of data ready for the perusal, contemplation, introspection and analysis by a wide and varied audience, from Staff and notables within the leading online community for IT Support through to a plethora of commercial companies, publicly funded bodies and academic researchers. The protection of both real and perceived identity, how localised the information may be and the relevance to sections of data may be to all audiences would be of more than passing interest."
But I think I got it right first time.
12th September 2010, 12:10 AM #35
It is more a case that the US version of creating the verb ends -IZE, but following UK rules (based on some 17th and 18th century French, but with a few irregularities from 14th variations if you follow the Cambridge Dictionary opinion rather than Oxford's opinion) it would end -ISE.
Originally Posted by localzuk
Some might say that the US started it ... but if we are going to adapt the language to match then at least we do it following our own rules.
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