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British English vs American EnglishWhen Samuel Johnson, published A Dictionary of the English Language in 1755, it was an enormous accomplishment for the essayist, poet and lexicographer who staunchly opposed what the Americans were doing to the West Germanic language. According to Johnson, the English spoken and written, in what was at the time Britain's largest and arguably most important colony, was impure and a practical enemy of British English (perhaps more appropriately coined English English). In addition to sounding differently from their counterparts across the Atlantic, towards the later part of the 18th century Benjamin Franklin and later Noah Webster, led the charge to reform British spelling which they and their peers felt was archaic, cumbersome and largely ineffective. Although they were unsuccessful in making all the proposed changes, Webster's An American Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1828, did feature English with an American spelling (e.g. colour was listed as color, theatre as theater, dialogue as dialog)In many ways, Samuel Johnson had the authority on British spelling while Samuel Johnson had it on American spelling. British English and American English doesn't merely differ in terms of spelling. When it comes to pronunciation, the distinctions