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why is it that in US english, we spell "analysis" with an s but "analyze" with a z? we don't say the word "bees" like "beese", we don't need a frickin' z to make "analyze" sound like "bees".

zheezh.

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diepunyhuman
May. 20th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)

Never made sense to me. I sort of do what I want with that spelling nowadays, except in English essays.
dr0ss
May. 20th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
Because it brings it more in line with other words with the "-ize" (to perform * on the object) suffix, e.g. "monopolize" "homogenize" etc. So to "analyze" is to perform anal on the ... no wait, I mean to perform ANALYSIS!
lifeofmendel
May. 20th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
except that i'd similarly spell monopolize and homogenize with an "s" rather than a "z". :)
dr0ss
May. 20th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
Languages evolve.
pearllessoyster
May. 20th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Actually, Theodore Roosevelt I think it was made an order when he was president that officially changed it that way. Same with officially removing the "u" from words like color, etc. Mostly to be different and American I think.
cidgregor
May. 20th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
Silly Mendel and your adopting British idioms. =P

No srsly, above poster pretty much said it all. It's just one of those subtle little things that seperates American english from....uh....English english.

That, or American english is just kind of screwy.
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