English English and American English: The Highs and Lows

George Bernard Shaw is reported to have said, “England and America are two countries separated by a common language.”

That’s a nice witticism, although I don’t think it’s true. I believe the common language of the Anglosphere (Britain, Canada, Australia, the United States, and to a lesser extent, Hong Kong, Singapore, India) has been a great cohesive force. And the common institutions are probably just as important. 

You’re unlikely to find a more avid Anglophile than me. I have …

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