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Offline davel

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Alphabetise
« on: April 25, 2014, 03:54:24 pm »
I have recently encountered what I think is another (yet again, after living here in England for almost 17 years, I realise I will forever be finding new examples!) difference between BrE and AmE.

If words are listed in the order in which their letters occur in the alphabet, they are said to be in alphabetical order. If they are not organised in that manner, I would say, in AmE: "can you please alphabetize these words?" However, I have had puzzled looks from British colleagues. Today, one attempted to repeat what I had said and came up with something like "alphabetisize".

Has anyone else noticed this?
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Re: Alphabetise
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2014, 08:41:37 pm »

World English Dictionary
alphabetize or alphabetise  (ˈælfəbəˌtaɪz)
 
— vb
1.    to arrange in conventional alphabetical order
2.    to express by an alphabet
 
alphabetise or alphabetise
 
— vb
 
alphabeti'zation or alphabetise
 
— n
 
alphabeti'sation or alphabetise

 
— n
 
'alphabetizer or alphabetise
 
— n
 
'alphabetiser or alphabetise
 
— n

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alphabetisation

noun
the act of putting in alphabetical order [syn: alphabetization]
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Re: Alphabetise
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2014, 11:54:00 pm »
I don't see any Am/Br difference in the word other than the obvious s and z thing. I think that 'alphabetisize' is not a valid word.  ???

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Re: Alphabetise
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2014, 08:20:14 pm »
New to me.
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