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“I’m just saying”

  • September 1, 2012, 4:09pm

This is one of the most irritating phrases of all. Obviously the speaker is saying something. Whenever I hear it it makes me want to say "You've made your point. Now be silent. Better yet, next time you want to fill the air with noise, think again." It's a waste of words but is also a sign that someone wants to have the last word. Control freaks and those who are insecure tend to be the worst offenders. Be quiet! Don't "just say" -- button it!

optimiSe or optimiZe ?

  • April 14, 2010, 11:17pm

If the OED says "ize" first, then "ize" it is. It's also "ize" in the US (e.g. Webster's Dictionary of the American Language) except for words like advertise. Apparently someone (at the London Times perhaps) decided to distance him or herself both from America AND from the "official" dictionary at the same time, and this practice has spread....
Personally I wince every time I see someone spelling words like "realise" and "organise" with an "ess" rather than a "zee" not because I'm American, but because I'm English AND American, and I happen to think that this time we Yanks -- immigrant or not) got it right and kept it right.
As to web searching, one would be foolish to ignore the z....