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American English by default, what about British?

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This is something that really annoys me and I have to get this off my chest.  I was installing some Adobe software on my computer a few minutes ago when I had this message pop up asking me what language I would prefer.  Imagine my outrage when I saw that the first choice of language was "American English" - with no other choice of English despite a good search up and down the list for an alternative.

No other English language option available, just American English!

As if that wasn't bad enough, scrolling down the list revealed that there was no other English language option available, just American English!  Even "British English" or "International English" would have appeased my sense of indignity. Having said that, these choices would have been annoying too (although not quite as much).  It's just plain old English you fools - not International English or British English.  If this were an isolated case or a rare occurrence then it could be forgiven but it happens far too frequently for my liking during software installation and on various websites, you're offered American English anywhere there is a language choice.

American English language default option I actually got involved in a discussion on a forum recently regarding an email that Google had sent out using the term "drawing" instead of draw (as in prize draw).  Anyway, the people from the America taking part in the discussion were convinced that their version of English was correct and that we should simply accept it.  Well I'm sorry guys, but we're not about to let YOU tell us our version of the English language is wrong!

You Americans really have got some nerve haven't you?  I'd have thought the name would give an enormous clue as to the origin of the language.  How dare you lay claim to our language when you can't even speak it properly!  Pay some respect.  By all means have your own derivative and call it "American English" or whatever, but don't assume that "American English" is the only version of English there is.  Besides, that gutteral drawl that you use to communicte with your fellow primates is barely recogniszable as English anyway!


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Cyclamen Cyborg MK4

Cyclamen Cyborg MK4

I have to agree with the OP. I'm actually sick to death of certain auto correctors correcting my English spellings to American. If Americans want their own language just call it American (just American and not American English) and do what you want with it.

Oh and as for the World War 2 comments, please. It just shows how arrogant some Americans can be.
Cyclamen Cyborg MK4
24th Mar 18 11:56

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Cycle-clops

Cycle-clops

" if it wasn't for the U.S. you'd be speaking German right now."
Yes, people have selective memories and forget about the many American servicemen who gave their lives in WW2
Cycle-clops
31st Aug 15 13:00

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American Guy

American Guy

U.S. English was listed because if it wasn't presented that was it would confuse us Americans. We would scroll up and down looking for "American" not realizing we speak English and not "American." Sorry Old Chap.

BTW, if it wasn't for the U.S. you'd be speaking German right now.
American Guy
29th Aug 15 17:15

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Nuno

Nuno

I totally get where you're coming from. I'm Portuguese and it also annoys me when I'm installing software and the only option available for me is Brazilian Portuguese. Even worse, web sites that are available in different languages, and have little flags for you to pick, and no Portugal flag shows up, only the Brazilian flag! Where do these guys thing the Portuguese language came from?

Anyway, you just have to get used to it, in both cases they're just catering to the their biggest market, which is not tiny UK (or Portugal, in my case).
Nuno
21st Apr 14 12:37

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Charlie

Charlie

British English tends to use "ONE" word for "MANY" things.
The Irish travellers and the Romani, are known as "Gypsies" When in fact they are two entirely different ethnic races.

Secondly American words such as "Trailer" "Caravan" "Cart" and "Wagon" are usually summed up in British English with one word, which is "Caravan" which is hardly very clear.

American English is best for standard and international use, because British English is just not defined enough for better understanding among foreign speakers, and indeed, even among British folk themselves.
Charlie
25th Mar 14 11:37

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miserablemoaninggit

miserablemoaninggit

S.B. I take it that you are English? If you're going to complain about the quality of language, at least spell mould correctly.
miserablemoaninggit
19th Oct 13 09:54

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S.B

S.B

I don't have a problem with US English, if we want them to speak it then let them mold it. I have no problem with the pronunciation of aluminium (the US way is the officially recognized pronunciation by the royal society of chemists) and really don't care if they want to associate English with America. English derived from Norse, French, German, Latin and a mix of some others so the idea of it being an old and fixed language is absurd.
If you're going to complain about the quality of language at least spell guttural correctly.
S.B
19th Oct 13 00:07

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Ralph Jolley.

Ralph Jolley.

We had a similar problem in the '80s when we used to host 'the Ian Dury and the blockheads show'. Who would of thought people would still be debating this dialect issue all these years later. I would add the show was a brilliant one With Ian And Chaz doing a hilarious stand-up double act, with the other lads providing cabaret.
Ralph Jolley.
30th Sep 13 18:05

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Mark

Mark

It shouldn'e be a probelm coz these days all Brits watch the Jeremy Kyle show and every British girl use American accent they think it's cool.
Mark
30th Sep 13 09:27

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Sophie

Sophie

I think that it's fine to have two "different" languages, but for pity's sake if you're going to refer to a language as English in any way, do not feel you have the right to complain and get all huffy when people who speak English correct you. It's not because you're American, it's because you're wrong. We correct our fellow English people too.
Secondly, in my opinion, the American pronunciation of some English words leads to confusion and sounds awkward (e.g aluminium *IT HAS A "I" IN IT!!!!!!!!!* and petri dish to name just two). But that's just my opinion.
It's cheeky enough to use our language and modify it for, in our opinion, the worse (you had the chance to sort out the anomalies of "o" in "women", "gh" in "enough", and "ti" in -tion, and you blew it, so don't give me any of that "but we made it better" nonsense, because you just haven't). Don't add to the disgrace by referring to your monstrosity as English. Call it American, be grateful you didn't have to invent your own language, stop correcting us on our English, and we'll leave you alone.
**"Great Britain and America, two nations divided by a common language and an enormous great big ocean, thank Christ"- Al Murray**
Sophie
7th Feb 13 13:08

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Marie

Marie

Let's see, Adobe Is an American run company. America is an ocean away from England. When England fled ( face it, you went running) in 1783, they lost all rights to annoy americans about their oddities. I'm not even American, I'm Canadian, we use British spelling and this artical and it's comments are very annoying!
Marie
17th Jun 12 10:03

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Holloway

Holloway

I consider our English correct, because it's the original. I hate when a word program keeps switching back and trying to make me change the spelling of words like "colour" and "grey". One of my friends often says bucks instead of pounds and spells colour without a "u"-it annoys me greatly because she's not American (And she should be glad, who wants to have patriotism shoved down their throat?) and our exams don't accept American spellings (Thank goodness, I'd hate for people to go through life thinking they were from the other side of the Atlantic)
Holloway
21st Apr 12 01:49

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funkg

funkg

I was at a country festival the other day and heard a child pronounce the letter ‘Zed’ as ‘Zee’. Another child corrected him and the former insisted the word was pronounced as ‘Zee’. I noticed that the children’s parents did not correct the first child, and say that in Britain we say Zed not Zee. Why are more and more Britons not aware of the differences in pronunciations, and of pronouncing the Americanese ‘skedule’ instead of schedule? Please don’t blame American TV or films as we have had 8 decades or more of American entertainment.
funkg
23rd Sep 11 17:40

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StaceyNotAGrammarian

StaceyNotAGrammarian

It's true Americans as a group are as capable of speaking or writing language that is rife with error as any other. I dare say, however, that we are no more monolithic than the British, or other English speaking nations, in either our virtues or our vices. Your insults would be more credible and humorous if edged more with truth and less with the whiny moaning of an overly sensitive elitist.
StaceyNotAGrammarian
23rd May 11 20:29

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The Color of the Truth

The Color of the Truth

Words spelt like color, ardor etc. were the proper and recognised spelling for these words in 18th century England. It was only during the 19th century that the stuck-up English public schools reverted to etymological spelling for these.

You see. Everything is organized correctly.
The Color of the Truth
5th Feb 11 09:33

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