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UK Academic Resistance to Accept American English Standards

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October 25, 2017 in Resistance


English has developed in to a modern language which is used as a standard language on the internet and even in other forms of international communication. English as we know it today descends from North Sea Germanic. It is closely related to Frisian which was spoken by the Dutch inhabitants of Friesland. Icelandic is the present version of the language which is most closely related to English.

In more recent times we have seen that English language has developed completely differently depending on where the language is being spoken. The same words when spoken in different locations can have a completely different meaning. Since the language is spoken by over 2 billion people all around the world regional contexts play a big role in determining the meaning of certain words and phrases. Something which might be of casual mention in Australia might turn out to be something very offensive in the US.

Present Day and Age English in the UK and US
There is no doubt that the English language that we speak today has been greatly influenced by other languages from German, Greek and Dutch to even Sanskrit. Today it seems that we have come to a standstill with two different approaches to the language. The UK is adamant is maintaining the roots of the language and withholding its identity. On the other hand the US is constantly changing the spellings of words and the pronunciation of vocabulary. There are some words which are spelled the same but pronounced differently in each region.

The cliché example of the tomato ‘tom-ah-to’ versus the tomato ‘tom-ay-to’ pronunciation varies greatly between two regions. While a catalogue may be known as a catalog in the US, a rogue agent is not known as a rog agent. The British preferred the pronunciation of the language from which English was derived. On the other hand the Americans adopted a pronunciation which is plausible due to the spelling of the word. There are times when even these rules don’t hold up for some words.

The Contradictions in Spelling of Words and Etymology
Academically there is a long list of differences between the American spelling and the British spelling. “England, America, and Australia will be speaking mutually unintelligible languages owing to their independent changes of pronunciation.” These were the famous words of the British Philologist Henry Sweet in 1877. Although the three different versions of the English language are still comprehensible to each other, there are still some very stark differences in spelling. The differences are enough to make a coursework writing service fail to be able to provide productive assistance to a student of a different region.

The British have preferred to keep the spelling of words according to the language from which the word was initially derived. Let’s look at the British and American spellings of different words.

i.) aeroplane and American spelling is airplane
ii.) analyse and American spelling is analyze
iii.) axe and American spelling is ax
iv.) calibre and American spelling is caliber
v.) centimetre and American spelling is centimeter
vi.) cheque and American spelling is check
vii.) defence and American spelling is defense
viii.) draught and American spelling is draft
ix.) encyclopaedia and American spelling is encyclopedia
x.) inflexion and American spelling is inflection
xi.) kilogramme and American spelling is kilogram
xii.) kilometre and American spelling is kilometer
xiii.) licence and American spelling is license
xiv.) meagre and American spelling is meager
xv.) memorise and American spelling is memorize
xvi.) metre and American spelling is meter
xvii.) moisturise and American spelling is moisturize
xviii.) moustache and American spelling is mustache
xix.) odour and American spelling is odor
xx.) omelette and American spelling is omolet

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