Originally Posted by Pocket-full-of-gold
There's certainly method to their madness. I mean, why the hell is there a U in colour? And words like authorise/authorize are actually pronounced with a zed (or is that a zee??) and not an ess sound......so it does make sense to ammend the spelling and alleviate unnecessary confusion.
That said, it'll be a cold day in hell before I ever pay a Yank their dues and commend them for straightening out the Englishman's mess of a language. :-)
On the other hand, the z in US faux English is often inconsistent with the noun ... realize realized realizing realization ... so far so good, then ... realis
I guess what makes it difficult are the multiple influences on English - as Madge said, the French influence is a major culprit in English's weirdness, eg. rendezvous ... rondayvoo?
Redikulus! ... Haga! ... Seet belts! ... Thinly valed marketing ... help, I carnt stop!