Is there anything you are proud of or anything you'd recommend?
Or is there anything that annoys you so much or anything you'd change?
Feel free to share your opinion and experience!
From my understanding (although I was surprised to find it out) the US actually uses English closer to how it used to be than the UK does (though citation needed). And its more a difference between Americans being willing to change, than it is about trying to distance it'self from Britain. Even more so for the US system of measurements: the UK used imperial measurements too, but we were willing to switch to metric because the benefits made it worth the effort. But its recent; my parents think in inches and feet, I've only just switched to measuring my weight in kg, our roads are still measured in miles. The transition has been slow, but there is the political will here to make chances. That's what i think the US lacks some times.Violet Spinel wrote:Well, America is much more nationalistic than it is actually patriotic. I have no issue with people saying it's a great country, because it really is a great country, but I see so much xenophobia and a refusal to accept any practice that isn't "American" as equally valid.
Like, this is just one example, but we all know the subtle differences in dialect between the UK and US when it comes to spelling, such as with the word "colour". Now, I personally just prefer using the UK spellings of things for the most part, and it obviously doesn't bother me when someone else uses the US spellings, but sometimes I'll use that spelling and people will be legitimately angry because I'm spelling it "wrong" since we're in America and the American way is the right way.
Oh... and don't even get me started on units of measurement.
I understand that back in the day, becoming independent from Britain was a huge deal so it's at least justifiable (while still a little unnecessary) to try distancing ourselves by modifying the language and creating new units of measurement, but nowadays people are just so stubborn that anything that isn't innately American is shunned. Don't get me wrong, I understand why we would continue to use the US measurement system. My friend is a chemist and only works in Metric and it's confusing because I grew up on the US system so my brain isn't naturally set up for Metres, but it's the fact that some people legitimately get angry over these things that, ironically, makes me legitimately angry, huh.
And then there's cultural differences too and... well, I think you all get the picture. Long story short, America is a great country but it's also a narcissist.