They say that Britain and America are two countries separated by the Atlantic Ocean. And it's true!
Firebolt: Ms. Rowling, after the first book, you stopped converting English words to American words. Is there any reason for this?
J. K. Rowling: Actually, we didn't stop, but the number of words that were changed has been greatly exaggerated! We only ever changed a word when it had a different meaning in “American,” for instance, the word “jumper,” which in England means “sweater” and here, I believe, is something that only little girls wear!
— AOL interview with J. K. Rowling October 19, 2000
In Canada we have enough to do keeping up with two spoken languages without trying to invent slang, so we just go right ahead and use English for literature, Scotch for sermons and American for conversation.
— Stephen Leacock
The Americans are identical to the British in all respects except, of course, language.
— Oscar Wilde
The American language differs from the English in that it seeks the top of expression while English seeks its lowly valleys.
— Salvador de Madariaga, Americans are Boys
One of the strongest prejudices that one has to overcome when one visits Australia is that created by the weird jargon than passes for English in this country
— Valerie Desmond
(Niles has been sneezing)
Fran Fine: Niles! Are you okay?
Niles: Oh, I'm afraid I'm feeling a bit queer.
Niles: Ill, Miss Fine, I'm beginning to feel a bit ill.
Fran: Oh, you British. You look like us, you act like us, but bottom line: you're foreigners.
— The Nanny, "The Nuchshlep"
"In honour of the Euroupean Sounic Colours proumoutiounal videou pousted below, we've decided tou stand aloungside ouur ouverseas couhourts, and their inexplicable manner ouf spelling."
"The complexities of the English Language are such that even native speakers cannot always communicate effectively, as almost every American learns on his first day in Britain. Indeed, Robert Burchfield, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, created a stir in linguistic circles on both sides of the Atlantic when he announced his belief that American English and English English are drifting apart so rapidly that within 200 years the two nations won't be able to understand each other at all."
— Bill Bryson's The Mother Tounge: English and How it Got That Way, page 12. Published in 1990. Burchfield made this claim in the late 1970's. As stated on the main page, the rise of the Internet allowing us to talk to each other and read each others writing makes that a very interesting look back.