If Americans speak English, why must they have an American dictionary?
- Anonymous1 month agoFavourite answer
While we speak English, many words are spelled differently in America, and there's also slang words - which requires our own edition, the "American" Dictionary for the English language.
- RonnieLv 41 month ago
Americans have been pushing for a language of their own for quite some time now.Here in the UK, we use words that are spelt differently. Example colour-color. When I use 'spelt and colour', Google underlines them, but these are proper words in the Oxford English dictionary.
In time our language will change dramatically.
- robertoLv 61 month ago
english and languages,,all of them,are as varied in species genus and subgroups as cat
& dog fur color,accents quirks native expressions same with birdie chirps,,dictionaries are usually incomplete because of rapid changes even as they first are reissued and go to press
- Christin KLv 71 month ago
What kind of dictionary do you think Americans should have? A French dictionary? A Spanish dictionary? We speak English--which is a general term. We speak AMERICAN ENGLISH which requires a dictionary in AMERICAN ENGLISH. Why isn't that clear?
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- geezerLv 71 month ago
1) There are certain spelling differences:
Americans leave out the u in certain words
Flavour ... Flavor
Colour .... Color
Americans use a z instead of an s in certain words
Fertilise .. Fertilize
Socialise .. Socialize
2) There are times when a completely different word is used:
Pavement .. Sidewalk
Courgette .. Zucchini
Aubergine .. Eggplant
- Anonymous1 month ago
Hint: the first dictionary was not invented by someone trying to understand English.
- charlatanLv 71 month ago
let alone speak,
they don't even understand english.
"are you through" say that to an american.
- TheSicilianSageLv 71 month ago
Because English has beome the lingua franca for world commerce; word meanings in various countries have evolved differently than in America. Examples: the American English word "elevator" has been replaced by the British word "lift" and the British word "football" has been replaced by the American word "soccer".
- 1 month ago
The first settlers spoke English. The languages have diverged over time as they always do. At some point a language is considered sufficiently different that it gets its own name. In the meantime, the form of English spoken in the US is technically American English pidgin just as the form of English spoken in Nigeria is Nigerian English pidgin. For some odd reason the US claim to speak American English. We hope they soon start calling it American. Then they could leave our language alone.
- Bill BLv 61 month ago
Because, despite our similarities, the United States and England are separated by a common language.
- Resident RumpLv 41 month ago
Do you mean United Statesians? They're not the only Americans. All inhabitants of the Americas are Americans. United Statesians havs arrogantly appropriated the term for themselves.