How did American English originate?
How did American English originate? Was there a conscious desire to have differences to British English?
The credit would have to be largely placed upon Noah Webster and his attempts to standardize the spelling, pronunciation, and definitions. I say attempts, because many of his ideas were flatly rejected in favor of the English conventions established by Samuel Johnson. As for British English, Oxford produces a fantastic dictionary but it English is not standard on even that isle.
By the way, American English has nine parts of speech while the UK has only eight- but most American ELA teachers still teach only eight.
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