Mmmm ... I don't think so - I'm much more likely to write aging than ageing.Ageing (British and Australian English) and aging (American and Canadian English)
Oxford? Is that a place?Unfortunately, they don't agree with you in Oxford.........
Such an easy language to write rules for
''International English selection:You seem to have missed the point made previously. There is no consistent rule and "ageing" is the preferred form in BE.
I am not clear as to the point you are making. All you are doing is to quote one writer's opinion in a style guide without your own thought or comment. There is no such thing as "International English". A writer suggests that one spelling should be used, but that does not make it correct or in some way better. I use British English. In common with many other users of British English, I spell the word "ageing". My usage is supported by the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, which puts "ageing" before "aging". The COED is not a style guide, but a record of how the language is used.''International English selection:
Aging is the spelling for communicating with a worldwide audience, because it is standard in the US, familiar enough in the UK, and underpinned by one of the fundamental rules of English spelling.''
The Cambridge Guide to English Usage,
Pam Peters, 2004.
source:Those who prefer ageing would say
that age needs to keep its e because two letters are
insufficient to maintain its identity. The argument is
somewhat undermined by the existence of words like
axing and icing. Aging itself is not new, but has been
in print for well over a century, according to the
Oxford Dictionary. It seems high time to affirm the
regular spelling for all applications of the word.
The linguistic argument for ageing is, in my opinion, even clearer: It is used by those intending to write standard English. Usage is king.
Americans spell the word either way.
The examples are from the British Oxford, and not from the Canadian or American versions.
May the good Lord preserve me from an argument like this! Nobody would describe fart, fuck, shit or cunt as good-looking or even nice-sounding but they are all perfectly proper English words. From my perspective, ageing is a particularly nice-looking word with the "e" balancing the "g" and providing a smoothly curved bridge to the "i". Far prettier than "aging" - that "gi" combination is so harsh. But that hardly justifies the way I spell it.Ageing is not very nice to look at,