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Best Language: British English V American English

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Started: 1/7/2018 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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I will be defending British English since I am British.
Side note - In high school i was given a B grade for English, so i know my sh!t

R1- Acceptance
R2-4: Further Arguments
R5- Conclusions, arguments can continue in comments.


in britain they call chips "crisps" purses "bum bags" and add u's to everything, like color vs. colour. they make it to advanced... and aeroplane instead of airplane
Debate Round No. 1


Yes so here is why British English trumps American English.

Diverse Language: As you may know, England has not been invaded since 1066, and our current monarchy runs from 1066. However before that, wars were common and England got invaded left, right, and centre, allowing for many cultures to develop and migrate into different communities. Examples include the French, Nordic, and Irish. Likewise English is so diverse because it is so aggressive, it steals dialects from other regions and incorporates it in to one language, eg hence why we say centre instead of center, due to the French connections.

Adaptable: British English has so many subdialect/ accent variations based on geographical location, famous examples include Cockney, Posh English, and Scouse English. Accents are a win-win because it forms a sense of community, and they're entertaining to others.

Original: Since British English came first, American English will always seem like a cheap knock off. In its truest form, English is a sophisticated and elite language, by shortening words, and excluding u (color eg), you come off as unsophisticated. Basically, the complex the word, the more respect you get.

Infamous differences:

Crisps : The snack because its crunchy, and crispy
Chips: The edible meal, because its a chip of a potato.

Tomato: "tom a toe"
Tomato: "tom aye toe"

Where is the Y in tomato????

Fanny: Uk Vagina
Fanny: Us Buttock

Doughnut: Meaning confectionary made from dough
Donut: Meaning You so dumb

Verdict: Don't say fanny at all.

Ps to your comment about aeroplane, its called aero because of the aerodynamics involved, not because it flies in the air,


yes they are bum bags... go look up "bum bag" it will briong up fanny pack. maybe its the area you live in? i looked it up they call them bum bags.

bog roll makes NO sense its a toilet ... not a bog

and its called "Tom-may-Toe" because a's are pronounced that way.. sing your abc's nobody pronounces it ah-b-c-d its abcd
a way of pronouncing "a" is ay

british english DID come first... thats no reason as to why british english is better

us; chips

england; crisps

us; toilet paper

england; bog roll

us; fanny pack

england; bum bag

us; sh@t

england; shite

us; what the hell?!??!?!?!

england; BLOODY HELL!?!??!?!?!

no sense
Debate Round No. 2


That there again demonstrates why American English is slacking, i provided substantial amounts of information, where as you just decided to focus on the petty aspects of language.

I'm telling u, no one calls it bum bags, we say pouch.

Re your defense of 'a', do you see me going around calling people thomayes instead of thomas.

Anyways you sort of ruined that round, do provide logic in to why you feel American English is better, don't just say we are weird, explain

ps again see comments section about bog roll.
Shite is more prominent in the north east of England, we say both.


this debate is all a matter of personal preference and thomas isnt pronounced tomays because there is.. wait... listen to this... it might be hard to understand...ready?... TWO WAYS of pronouncing it :0000000000 :O :o omg omg !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and.... just because our dialect is BASED off of your dialect does not mean it is bad..
Debate Round No. 3


Duude, you've wasted this debate. Can you provide some facts and research like I did in post 2.

Debate winner pro?, more like debate winner NO.

Expand on why American language is more advanced in your opinion, failure to do so proves British is better than. :)
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Debate Round No. 5
15 comments have been posted on this debate. Showing 1 through 10 records.
Posted by Debatwinnerpro 2 years ago
personal preference.... this is like apples vs. oranges
Posted by MRAAJ 2 years ago
bog roll is sort of a relaxed term, again no one says bum bags lol. Yall know fanny means vagina in the uk.
Posted by Debatwinnerpro 2 years ago
toilet paper is "bog roll"
Posted by Debatwinnerpro 2 years ago
they call fanny packs bum bags
Posted by Masterful 2 years ago
American English is English that had been adapted by the uneducated British colonists who left Britain for a better life.
They don't use a 'u' in the word colour because they're f***ing illiterate.
Posted by MRAAJ 2 years ago
we don't call purses bum bags, whatttttttttttt!!!!???!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by MRAAJ.evil 2 years ago
Yes yes I know, but you get the jist.
Posted by SirNoodles518 2 years ago
As someone who is interested in linguistics, it pains me to see the title. British English and American English aren't two different languages - they're two different different dialects of the same language.
Posted by MRAAJ.evil 2 years ago
chosen languages now mate, definitely another time
Posted by birdtrainer88 2 years ago
Would you like to talk about economics?

I'm sure there's something in that field we disagree on and can have a fruitful debate on.
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