Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody
I understand American Spanish, but who in the world speaks "American French"?
As for the wording, British English is
"English," so it's definitely not
insulting to refer to English as "English" and American as "US English." The US version is after all a variant
that came much later, almost like a dialect of the original language.
It's the same situation as "Canadian French." It's a later variant (and quite different in spelling and pronunciation), than the original, thus the name. At the same time, you don't expect the French to rename their language "French French." That would be offensive. So saying that English folks should start referring to their language as "British English" is actually a reasonably insulting thing to do.
However, practically speaking, "US English" and "UK English" are generally non-offensive and totally sensible terms and people don't get upset by their use.
The main offence is really caused when people (Americans) just assume
that everyone prefers
the American variant (they actually don't, most English speakers around the world use original English spellings). I personally was also a little offended, (and I know others were too), by the world-wide release of a device for writing (the iPad), that didn't contain a simple English dictionary.
Since that's apparently being fixed with 4.2.1 though maybe we should all just chill and forget about it.