Originally Posted by Heel
The language is called ENGLISH, fuckhead. It's your fucking country that butchered it, not us.
Since this is the rant forum, I want to go ahead and rant that this misconception really annoys the shit out of me. American English diverged from British English at a time when there were no set "official" standards or rules. Considering the U.S. is the only English-speaking country that was part of the British Empire to ever declare independence from Great Britain, it's natural that the rest of the English-speaking countries would follow British trends when deciding on what constitutes "official" English spellings and language (though American spellings are not uncommon in Canada). There was no generally accepted dictionary in the 1700s, but the publishing of two would shape the lexicons of British English and American English forever, those being Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language (British), and Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language (American). And the thing about those dictionaries is, they were basically just collections of the authors' OWN PREFERENCES because there WERE no standardized ways to spell things. Prior to the widespread circulation and acceptance of the Oxford English Dictionary as the primary source of language in the UK, many of what are now considered "American spellings" (or butcherings), were IN USE IN ENGLAND TOO. There are even some instances in which American word spelling/usage is the historically correct usage prior to the declaration of independence, and Brits have altered them since then.
In short, do some fucking research
before accepting this kind of BULLSHIT at face value so you can rub it in people's faces on the internet. What, did you think we just decided to CHANGE the spelling of a bunch of words for no fucking reason?