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And you call Americans arrogant (assuming you are the same 'Guest')?

I've read these musings on the internet and found it somewhat humorous before, although not so much now. Besides the obvious resentment, this piece also reeks of envy in my opinion. The United States was one of the few British colonies to actually earn its own sovereignty rather than have it granted, and perhaps some British subjects haven't gotten over it. I don't want to enter into a cultural debate, but I would suggest that you stop asking why Americans speak differently, and start asking why the world is seemingly more concerned with American English.
Young Californian I doubt it very much. Re your last comment. There are many others all over the world who have their own brand of English. As you suggested variety is the spice of life so long as we can all understand eachother.
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Concerned with it? No.
Disturbed by it? MaybeEmotion: stick out tongue .
Sorry David, perhaps I wasn't clear enough. When I said "start asking why the world is seemingly more concerned with American English", I didn't mean in comparison to any other particular form of English, I simply meant moreso than before. I don't think that anyone can deny that American English has reached the same international prominence as British English.
Sooner or later,
People will follow the language (American English or the British ) which they find easier to understand and speak.
At this point, as I had chance and experience of using both, I will say American English seems more speaker friendly and infact more easier to understand too.
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American English is only really spoken in America! Of course a few Japanese and Koreans try hard too - but generally speaking the English spoken in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Hong Kon, Malaysia, Singapore, Malta, Pakistan etc. etc., is far closer to BrE (British English).
There is no doubt that if you want to compare the two, BrE wins out hands down! Of course American Film and T.V. productions are prevalent in many of the abovementioned countries, so it is possible this situation will change - but for the foreseeable future there is little or no doubt that BrE is far more widespread and popular (and dare I say a lot more accurate).
I am not sure about India, We did have Uk english here, but more and more people in India are learning and using the American English . Most people from India also have to use it as language for corporate communication. And in future I believe with increased Corporate relation with US its going to be American English in India.
Say about the IItians and software technicians in India they know Silicon Valley is in US , so I doubt if they will communicate in some other form of English than American English.
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You can thank our Noah Webster for the spelling changes, which he incorporated in his early dictionaries, as well as his so-called "Spellers," which were practice books for the teaching of spelling to youngsters. He changed the "s" to "z" in "civilisation" and removed the foreign-looking (i.e., French) "u" from "colour." Good, bad, or indifferent, those changes stuck.

What did not stick were his nutty ideas for making English a purely phonetic language. He even published several books on the subject that were written in a completely phonetic form of English. Had it caught on, all of the foundational documents of the United States would be unreadable in their original form . . . not to mention all of Shakespeare, Pope, Swift, and the King James Bible.
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Guest, I think you are in some form of denial. Of all the countries you've mentioned other than America and Britain, I believe that only in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa can it be said that English is the predominant language. While I would agree that the English spoken in Australia and New Zealand is far closer to British English, it really deserves it own category in my opinion. You've also neglected to mention the Canadians, whose brand of English is much closer to that of Americans. Furthermore, I would guess that the population of the United States exceeds those of Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa combined. So while American English may not be as widespread as you seem to think British English is, I would venture to say that it probably has just as many, if not more, speakers.

I'm also not quite sure how you've come to the conclusion that British English is more popular. Native speakers of English do not choose their dialect based on any preference, in fact they don't choose their dialects at all. Your dialect is the result of the region/class/ethnicity you are born into. Countries that look to British English as the standard do so because they were once British colonies, not because they found British English to be more pleasant that American English. It seems to me that the only way to compare the popularity of one English variant to another would be to poll those who use English as a second language. They are the only ones who would have chosen to use one form over another, and in such cases I would venture to guess that American English is just as "popular" as British English.

Lastly, why is this such a competition? I took a Linguistics course a few years back and one of the first things they told us was not view any manner of speaking as wrong. No dialect, my professor said, was superior or more correct than any other. So what do you mean that British English is "a lot more accurate"?
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