I posted this to Facebook earlier:
"I encountered *another* British English vs. American English 'debate'. I've concluded that the best response to the claim that
non-British variants of English are 'butchering' the language is to note
how many people want to speak English.
Many countries, including
ancients such as China and Iran, encourage English as a second language
to help their citizens succeed globally. If the 'cost' to Britain is
each country crafting its own variant(s), thus creating a 'unifying'
language, that's not a butchering - that's a bargain. The diversity of
English should be embraced not eschewed; equally, my hope is that other
countries' native languages do not lose their influences, as they are in
far more danger than English will ever face."
Fighting over whether or not "color" should have a U, if "Z" should be pronounced "zed" or if "pants" is interchangeable with "trousers" is petty and pointless in the long run.