Today I Googled 'minimise'. There was no reason for this, at all. Anyway, I found myself on Wiktionary, on the 'minimise' page, to be greeted with the following line:
"(British) Archaic spelling of minimize."
A 'Wiktionary' search of the word 'archaic', brings the following definitions:
"Of or characterized by antiquity; old-fashioned, quaint, antiquated, as an archaic word or phrase."
"(of words) No longer in ordinary use, though still used occasionally to give a sense of antiquity."
I would very much like for the person who wrote this line to understand... minimise is the correct spelling of minimize. It isn't an alternative, it is the proper way. It also isn't antiquity, or quaint. I changeED it to be 'Correct spelling of minimize', but in seconds somebody had changed it back.
After some checking up, I found the person to be 'vandalising' this Wiktionary entry to be none other than 'Mr J. K.', a self-titled 'retired mainframe computing boffin'. I was extremely shocked to find he is actually English, and not American. A traitor to our country, one may say. I shall be sending him an informative email.
I then tried to change it back, to find I have been banned from editing for 'disruptive edits', by a Mr. Jiao. A fan of Taylor Swift and Zac Efron. Yep... a man who controls, and insults our language is a fan of Zac Efron. He too shall feel the wrath of my keyboard.
As soon as I have time, I shall go on a cleansing of Wiktionary, removing any reference to a word that uses the English 's' instead of the American 'z' as being 'old fashioned', 'incorrect' or 'alternative'. I hope any patriotic readers will also join the cause, and claim back our language.
*Takes a deep breath*. I don't mind the language being changed, but don't list in the 'English' section of the website that the proper spelling of it is incorrect.
Quick edit: Before anyone points out, I realise the Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries are trying to turn to the dark side. I have also sent them an email.