I see it used here a lot too. It's the most stupid comment as the US is so diverse for a start, 300 million+ population, how can one thing be seen as representative? And that's without mentioning the rest of 'America' - Canada, anyone? South America?
I don't think there's anything wrong with wanting to preserve our culture, language and spellings. If you're in a queue at a coffee shop or something it seems most people will say "Can I get..." which sounds awful. I don't think it's always an insult, just pointing out that it's not the British way.
To be fair 'Americanism' is only applied to the things that only or mostly Americans do badly. What else are you going to call it. If they don't want to be insulted maybe they should learn how to spell and stop using so much corn syrup.
@Ttbb but they don’t need to ‘learn to spell’, they have a different way of spelling and as PP said it’s not necessarily a bad way of spelling a lot of words. And the corn syrup comment is quite frankly just rude. Would you say something similar about other cultures or is it just Americans were allowed to patronise?
I don't mind Brits bashing Americans (speaking as an American).
I DO MIND Brits think they know everything about USA, and then say totally ignorant things about Americans, especially when they use their sweeping generalisations to bash Americans. I don't mind wildly, but I am confused and amused & stunned how people can be so flippin' smug and ignorant at same time.
The term Americanism tends to refer to the way language is used or a word coined by them as opposed to spelling conventions.
Their spelling and pronunciation tends to stick to 'rules' much better than BrE does. We tried to use Latin rules for our grammar which is why it's nonsense. It doesn't work and English is a pig of a language because of it.
I do dislike the misuse of reflective pronouns (myself, ourselves, yourself etc) and their bastardisation of non-continuous verbs such as loving, realising, tasting. They make me wince a little despite knowing language evolves and that it's a normal and wonderful process.
Yes, 'Americanism' can be used sneeringly but can be purely descriptively.