Did you know that american-english is actually older than british-english?

Yes. American english is actually closer to how English sounded like in the 1700s than the english spoken in Britain today.

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  • quite a linguistic manoeueovoeuere

    *throws tea in harbor*

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  • Amazing! All those extra years to learn the language and they still can’t spell properly!

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  • American english didnt need the posh of modern british english.

    English is english though. Honestly I think australian has the better version of english accents.

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  • Where did you hear this?

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  • Yes! The colonists brought over the prevailing English of the 17th - early 18th centuries which is similar to American English of today. In the late 18th and 19th centuries it was fashionable for the English upper class to vacation in Italy. So they wanted to show tgat they had spent so much time there that they acquired an Italian accent. So they said past like pasta and they rolled their r's like in Italian.

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  • Yeah that's true, but you should specify that you're talking about accents. The American spelling is more modern than the British spelling. And as for different American words for certain things, they're often the same age, and were both used in Britain. It's just that one of these words fell out of favour in Britain, where as the other fell out of favour in America, leading to the mismatch.

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    • Did the american way of saying dates change or did britan change how they wrote dates?

      10/23/2021 vs 23/10/2021

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      • I don't know. I think they also both originated in Britain, but then the mm-dd-yyyy format fell out of style in Britain and elsewhere, but the dd-mm-yyyy format fell out of style in America.

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  • “Closer” is such an irrelevant point.

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  • Dod you know that statistically continentaal europe learns english from Britain and the nordic countries +finland learn english from Austrailia. Mexico obviously from USA.

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    • They also teach English incorrectly in japan, completely on purpose. They do this because Japanese is fundamentally different from English in how words are constructed so engrish serves its purpose because other English speakers can understand engrish and it's easier to teach only in later education classes do they refine the engrish to English.

      When I was in the navy in sasebo we were invited to a highschool to iron out their English. Pretty much just repeat back words to how they are actually pronounced.

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      • Thats funny. I have a friend who lives in Bergen, Norway, and every time we talk It sounds like im talking to an Australian.

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  • I still don't get why some American English words feel weird to me.

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  • The upperclass in england sounded more posh so the working class and poor changed their accent to sound higher class

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    • America has no such class divide in language thankfully. That being said accents definitely contribute to how inteligent you sound.

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