Rase: another spelling of raze (literary)

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rightnow

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Is the spelling using <s> as opposed to <z> literary as the Microsoft® Encarta® 2009 purportedly explains?
 
  • PaulQ

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    This is all you need to know about the verb "raze/rase"
    A Dictionary of Modern English Usage: The Classic First Edition
    By H. W. Fowler (1926)
    raze, rase. Rase is the older spelling, but raze now prevails. There is some tendency to use rase still for senses, such as erase or scrape off, that are now archaic; but the distinction corresponds to no difference of etymology, & raze should be the only form.
     
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    PaulQ

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    English - England
    :D
    You're doing it wrong - this is how to do it:
    1555 R. Eden tr. G. F. de Oviedo y Valdés Summarie Gen. Hist. West Indies in tr. Peter Martyr of Angleria Decades of Newe Worlde f. 186 To annoynt the place with oyle and scrape it with a rasoure.
     
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