The History of English in Ten Minutes.
Chapter 8: American English, or not English but somewhere in the ballpark.
From the moment Brits first landed in America they needed names for all the
new plants and animals, so they borrowed words like raccoon, squash and moose from
the Native Americans, as well as most of their territory. Waves of immigrants fed
America’s hunger for words, the Dutch came sharing coleslaw and cookies. Probably as a result of their relaxed attitude to drugs. Later the Germans arrived selling
pretzels from delicatessens and the Italians arrived with their pizza, their
pasta and their mafia, just like mama used to make. America spread a new
language of capitalism getting everyone worried about the break-even and the
bottom line, whether they were blue chip or white collar. The commuter needed a
whole new system of freeways, subways and parking lots and quickly, before words
like merger and downsizing could be invented. American English drifted back
across the pond as Brits got the hang of their cool movies and their groovy jazz.
There are even some old forgotten English words that lived on in America
so they carried on using fall, faucets diapers and candy while the Brits moved
on to autumn, taps, nappies and NHS dental care.