(If you're not English you won't get that reference at all. Then you'll google it and be confronted by Ronnie Corbett. Then you'll write off Western Europe as 'here be dragons')
As someone who both:
a) uses language and
b) hears language
I feel myself uniquely qualified to pontificate all kind of bollocks about the written word.
I'm in a select club.
Especially when it comes to the American (mis)use of the English language. You do realise that we're just loaning it to you right? Did we not mention it? Shame. Ker-ching!
The big schism between 'American English' and the rare dialect known as 'English' (named after the country 'England' by the way) happened during the horrendous vowel cull of 1847, when decent, honest, law-abiding vowels were obliterated from words for no reason beyond petty word vandalism.
Axe became 'Ax', colour became 'color', favour became 'favor', Aluminium became 'something spelt the same yet perversely pronounced with a syllable less, for fucks sake.'
And most dangerously of all, a paedophile became 'pedophile'.
Dangerous you say? Why dangerous? Well, in England the 'paedo' prefix is related to children (paediatrician for example) and 'pedo' is related to walking (pedometer for example).
So - if in America a device that records how much you walk is a 'pedometer', and a kiddie-fiddler is 'pedophile'.....
....what is the American term for someone who likes walking? And do they get lynched?