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Oh no Z key

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Z Came off and can't put it back!
25th Feb 2006, 11:09   | tags:,,

FilbertFox says:

no writing aout zoos for you.

But it could be a good thing. z's are creeping in to our words more than they used to, because of Americanisation of spelling. You can now fight back, start a campaign to reestablish the S as the dominant letter it once was.

25th Feb 2006, 11:25

ukmari says:

Oh yes, I could start "s" campaigning. "S" is a lot easier location to type as well!

25th Feb 2006, 11:46

Helen says:

That's a bit of a myth about the z.

What the Oxford English Dictionary says:

"Are spellings like 'privatize' and 'organize' Americanisms?

No, not really. British spelling has always recognized the existence of variant spellings using the suffix -ize/-ise. When American spelling was standardized during the 19th century (mainly through the efforts of the great American lexicographer Noah Webster), the consistent use of -ize was one of the conventions that became established. However, since then, the -ise spellings have become more popular in Britain (and in other English-speaking countries such as Australia), perhaps partly as a reaction against the American custom. Spellings such as organisation would have struck many older British writers as rather French-looking. The Oxford English Dictionary favoured -ize, partly on the linguistic basis that the suffix derives from the Greek suffix -izo, and this was also the style of Encyclopaedia Britannica (even before it was American-owned) and formerly of the Times newspaper.

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).

The American system resulted in the creeping of z into some other words where it did not originally belong. Writers of American English should be aware of some spellings that are regarded as incorrect in the UK, notably analyze."

If you look in the OED, they actually favour the z spellings over the s in words such as civilization.

25th Feb 2006, 12:04

magma says:

you could remove the keybord and stick something under the rubber thingie, so that it stays extended, and then press the Z key on it. Or i'm totally wrong and you should take it to a professional to fix it :)

25th Feb 2006, 12:05

FilbertFox says:

still in favour of S not z - it just looks so much prettier

25th Feb 2006, 12:24

Helen says:

I've learned not to have a problem with the z, house style enforced it.

25th Feb 2006, 12:33

FilbertFox says:

Z is more than welcome in pretty names like yours Kozika!

25th Feb 2006, 18:26

FilbertFox says:

would you like my z key? i hardly ever use it.

25th Feb 2006, 18:55

JokerXL says:

"ctrl Z"
Couldn't live without it.
You're in trouble dude, superglue?

25th Feb 2006, 20:46

ukmari says:

what "ctr z" does? Is it for windows?

26th Feb 2006, 09:18

JokerXL says:

Ctrl-Z is a general 'undo' key for things like photoshop etc. very usefull.

26th Feb 2006, 10:56

A says:

have you tried pushing it on really hard - I know that sounds really silly but i shit myself for ages thinking i had ruined my laptop and all it needed was a hard push..........?!

27th Feb 2006, 16:57

JokerXL says:

".......and all it needed was a hard push..........?!"

As the actrice said to the Bishop!

4th Mar 2006, 16:06