Aesthus: that's incorrect, insofar as, as I explained, British English has changed much more than American English over the last six hundred years. So, in its current form, no, British English definitely does not predate American English. At all.
akbadry: only by ignorant people who don't really know what they're talking about or have some culturally chauvinistic axe to grind. You know the Angles were a Germanic people who migrated to Britain, right? So maybe we should call German "standard English?" Yeah.. no... that's not how it works.
MUFC: I'm against the dumbing down of people but they persist against my protests. I guess you missed the part about how British English has changed more than American English, which is an uncontroversial fact.
conflakes: it also doesn't even really happen. Language is dynamic.
blizzrd: reminds me of Eric Cartman: ignorant but defiant.
I never said that American English is "proper" English because it is less changed - I have said that others, who very often make the assertion that British English is "proper" English because American English is somehow degraded or altered versus the original, are making a weak and specious argument based on a false premise.
- which variety is older in its current form
- which is closer to the original form of the language
- which is more widely spoken around the world
- which has the most native speakers
- which is more popular or desired to be learned at English teaching facilities
then the evidence points to American English being the correct answer.
If your position is based on which version you personally prefer or some other kind of smug condescension, then you are probably a jerk.
My personal opinion is that there is no "proper" English, and I think that opinion is pretty well backed-up by the facts.
Still, it is the most guessed...