Sunday, June 01, 2008

Words that make me cringe, part 13

Problem is, it ain't a word. You mean apostatize.


Unknown said...

Wouldn't this be Apostatise ( s instead of z)in Australia? Maybe?
Sorry, but zedding words makes me cringe!


David McKay said...

Ah! My New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 1993 edition [covers wearing out, from throwing across the table in numerous games of Scrabble], has -z- first, but then says, also -s-. I prefer the -s- to -z-, too, but that is what the venerable NSOED gives.

I looked up other words such as baptise, and the same dictionary has it as a variant of baptize.