Actually Americans follow common sense spelling and the use of Latin based words; while the British prefer to use the more archaic "whilst", insert unpronounced letters in words, and use Anglo-Saxon four letter functionals instead of the more literate use of Latin root words.
Ah, but those four-letter functionals are so perfectly concise in their monosyllabicity!
On the other hand Americans are not adverse to using Elizabethan past tense forms such as "thunk" for the past tense of think [drink, drank, drunk].
"Gotten" instead of "got" is another example.
Both recently have taken to brutalizing the adverbs by hacking off the "-ly" and doing it quite badly.
True, but in your cited example we just transferred it, as in "I feel badly today".
I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.
The metric system makes sense for scientific use but the englsh system is based on common practical units used in everyday life.
My God Gerald, how big are your feet!?
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
To those who are so enamoured of the metric system I say try building a house using a meter stick. The metric system makes sense for scientific use but the englsh system is based on common practical units used in everyday life.
Perhaps if the english hadn't been so intent on cozying up to europe and prove that the english were europeans too they would also still be using the english system.
I don't see why using the metric system can be a disadvantage. In fact, I can't see any disadvantage at all as calculation is much easier.