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This petite nook of cyberspace has been reserved for 1920s culture critic H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956) author of The American Language and his review of American English by Gilbert M. Tucker:

"The fact is, of course, that American English is noticeably superior to British English in several important respects, and that not the least of these superiorities lies in the learned department of spelling. Here even the more intelligent Englishmen are against their own rules, and in favor of the American rules, and every year one notices a greater tendency among them to spell "wagon" with one "g" instead of two...The English "-our" ending, the main hallmark of English spelling, dies harder."

We wonder what the "Bard of Baltimore" would think of the fact that the keywords "LEARN AMERICAN ENGLISH ONLINE" are typed into the Google query box 14,800 times every month?
Perhaps he wouldn't care.

From Amazon: The American Language

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H.L. Mencken on American English (The Smart Set, 1921)

H.L. Mencken on American English (The Smart Set, 1921)

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