rainbowcherrie answered Tuesday December 27 2011, 9:01 pm: Well, they do say the original is always the best!
EDIT: Which one is the original? Is that a serious question?
Obviously British English is the original. I would have thought the clue would be in the name.
On a more serious note, as a Brit, I do prefer British English, and find that American spellings of things annoy me. But I'm sure if I was American I'd prefer that. Modern British English is derived from Old English anyway, so nothing is truly 'original'. [ rainbowcherrie's advice column | Ask rainbowcherrie A Question ]
adviceman49 answered Sunday December 25 2011, 4:09 pm: I don't think there is a true difference in the language. What there is, is a cultural difference that over time has changed the way we here in America speak the English language.
Remember before the American Revolution we were a colony of Great Britain. I'm sure before then and for a time after we spoke in what is referred to as the Kings English. Over time we developed our own culture, mannerisms and speaking. I wouldn't have it any other way.
I believe we are true cousins with our own ways. I have enjoyed visiting Great Britain and Scotland and the difference between the two lands and my country. To me the British seem unflappable taking things in stride. Where at home the slightest thing sets us in a tizzy.
I actually have cousins living in London and Manchester. My only wish is we could visit more often.
hitler_the_goat answered Sunday December 25 2011, 11:13 am: british english does tend to spell words in a more glorious manner, but really, there's no difference. dialect is the only real barrier. have you ever tried to speak with somebody from wales? I was hanging out with a british cavalry platoon a few years back, and it was like being at the UN. The platoon was half welsh, and the rest a gaggle of other accents with an aristocratic Platoon Leader. the only dude I could understand was the PL and a conkney squad leader, and thats because the PL spoke with the most refined and elegant accent I have ever had the pleasure of hearing and the conkney Squad leader was a riot to listen to as well. its like comparing a tomato with a differently accented tomato.
-Gunner [ hitler_the_goat's advice column | Ask hitler_the_goat A Question ]
Matt answered Sunday December 25 2011, 8:56 am: They're basically the same. I worked for a newspaper in Europe for a few months recently that used British English, and there's no real difference beyond some phrasing and spelling differences. [ Matt's advice column | Ask Matt A Question ]
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