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On Sat, Feb 02, 2002 at 05:42:43PM -0500, Robert Dewar wrote:
> This is a common misconception, but it is that, a misconception. While the
> 's' spellings are definitely standard in Australia, in England there is
> still considerably unclarity on this issue. In particular, the OED second
> edition lists ONLY the 'z' spelling and does not even recognize the
> possibility of the 's' spelling (optimise) as an acceptable alternative.
and the OED is infamous for this particular idiosyncracy (at least as famous
as the "interesting" spelling of Shakespeare)
"Mathemeticians stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists
stand on each other's toes."
- Richard Hamming