If Americans speak English, why must they have an American dictionary?

18 Answers

Relevance
  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
    Favorite 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.

    • Commenter avatarLogin to reply the answers
  • Ronnie
    Lv 4
    1 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.

    • Commenter avatarLogin to reply the answers
  • 1 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

    • Commenter avatarLogin to reply the answers
  • 1 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?

    • Commenter avatarLogin to reply the answers
  • How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
  • geezer
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Because ..

    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

    • Commenter avatarLogin to reply the answers
  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Hint: the first dictionary was not invented by someone trying to understand English.

    • Commenter avatarLogin to reply the answers
  • 2 months ago

    let alone speak,

    they don't even understand english.

    "are you through" say that to an american.

    • ...Show all comments
    • charlatan
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

       'sicilian..'the American English word "elevator" has been replaced by the British word "lift" i thought it is other way round.
      you are an oxymoron,i didn't mean moron

    • Commenter avatarLogin to reply the answers
  • 2 months 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".

    • ...Show all comments
    • Ronnie
      Lv 4
      2 weeks agoReport

      I don't believe the word ' football ' has been replaced .FIFA  Is still the governing body and that stands for, Federation Inernationale de Football Association. I will always call it football.

    • Commenter avatarLogin to reply the answers
  • 2 months 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 B
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Because, despite our similarities, the United States and England are separated by a common language. 

    • ...Show all comments
    • Bill B
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      Oh, boo hoo. Lili. Citing the source of that quote would be like citing who said “I have a dream.” EVERYONE knows it’s GBS. 

    • Commenter avatarLogin to reply the answers
  • 2 months 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. 

    • Commenter avatarLogin to reply the answers
Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.