Simon E. wrote: ↑
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:53 am
Buy any old volume printed in Victorian Britain including Thackeray and Dickens and you will find it spelled 'emphasised'. like wise 'exercise', 'volumise'...I and every other Brit born in the last 100 years at least, has always used the 's' form as any Brit on this forum can attest. As did our parents and grandparents.
Those were probably modernized editions.
Tolkien used -ize
: "Epic, heroic legend, saga, then localized
these stories in real places and humanized
them by attributing them to ancestral heroes, mightier than men and yet already men. And finally these legends, dwindling down, became folk-tales, Märchen, fairy-stories—nursery-tales."
He was an editor of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Many other prominent English writers in the pre-WW2 period did so too, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
“No, sir, no; though I am happy to have had the opportunity of doing that as well. I came to you, Mr. Holmes, because I recognized
that I am myself an unpractical man and because I am suddenly confronted with a most serious and extraordinary problem. Recognizing, as I do, that you are the second highest expert in Europe—”
The Victorians even used -ize when both modern Americans and Brits would use -ise such as "surprize"
Some history on the usage of -ize: