Grant Barrett keeps the ball in the air — "American English is getting on well, thanks" BBC News 7/25/2011:
When Matthew Engel wrote here earlier this month about the impact of American English on British English, he restarted a debate about the changing nature of language which ended in dozens of suggestions from readers of their own loathed Americanisms.
Most of those submitted were neither particularly American nor original to American English.
But the point that Americans are ruining English is enough to puff a Yank up with pride.
We Americans lead at least two staggeringly expensive wars elsewhere in the world, but with a few cost-free changes to the lexis we apparently have the British running in fear in the High Street.
Soon we'll have Sainsbury's to ourselves! Our victory over English and the English is almost complete.
I like it. Hyperbolic gloating is a fitting response to ill-informed peevery.
Obligatory list of past LL coverage:
"Peeve of the week: 20% correct", 7/16/2011
"Hating Americans and their Americanisms", 7/20/2011
"More 'screaming and spluttering' from Matthew Engel", 7/21/2011