The only reason I'm against there being such different variations of written English is because I communicate a lot with Americans online, and I dislike that I spell many words differently merely because I follow British English. With the amount of cross-communication there now is between English and American citizens, since the Internet has become as popular as it has, I feel that the case for there being one standard of written English is more compelling.
I prefer American English to British English merely because I enjoy the use of 'z' instead of 's' in many words I think there are other spellings that seem to make more sense to me, too, but I can't think of any examples at this moment.
Having said all of that, some people have made some good points in this thread for the case of keeping the different variations.
You make great points here. I'm currently not entirely sure what my views are regarding Britain losing its culture. I enjoy the idea of embracing multiculturalism and I don't value tradition; however, something I value when I visit another country is their culture, and I feel it would be a shame if countries didn't have distinct cultures anymore. So my views in that regard currently contradict, heh.
We are losing our culture with it being diluted with all the immigrants coming here, while I concede that English is a melting pot of different languages why should we have to adopt American English, why cant they adopt British English?
The only reason I'd prefer us to adopt American English is because I prefer how many words are spelt in American English
Those are great points, and I don't have anything to say against what you've put forward there. I am fascinated by the history of different languages and how each of them have evolved.
English is an evolving language and the different spellings in British English provide you with an insight into the history behind the language. Creating a universal, homogenous spelling may simplify things for a small number of people (does anyone really find British English difficult to spell/understand) but it makes the language less interesting (i.e. more dull) as a result.
I'm now not quite sure where I was going with that point You're right: none of the American dictionaries are more authoritative than any of the British equivalents.
I'm not sure why you think Webster's dictionary is any more authoratitive than British equivalents such as the Oxford.
I also think it's strange that you want to standardise spelling but seem happy to use a non-standard definition of the word speak
Heh, I wasn't suggesting that any variation of English isn't "real" English
Try saying something similar like that to the Quebecois, that their French isn't "real" French, and watch how fast people will come at you with burning sticks.
As I mention earlier in this post, the main reason I prefer American English to British English is because of the former's use of the letter 'z'; there isn't much else to that preference of mine
American English is lazy English. Nothing more. English UK should be the only English on the planet. English-AU is only there for dumb Australians who think it's different from UK English.