Anyway, I'm just not sure what the argument is. Do we speak "English"? We most certainly do. Is it an English language? Yes. Is it exactly what they speak in England? No.
Cockney slang is crazy, but a lot of upper-class, RP-accent types don't understand it a whole lot better than we do. There are plenty of American dialects that are difficult to understand -- the "stoked" surfer So-Cal language, deep South, whatever the hell is going on in Minnesota ... It's all English though. If you want to get more specific, again, someone has already done that: American English, Hiberno-English, Cockney, "Pittsburghese," etc.
And frankly, if we're looking for the dialect that's best understood across ALL English speakers, it's the "American" dialect. No one ever has a hard time understanding me in Dublin, London, etc. because of Hollywood and the American news media. For me, the accents and slang were a bit harder to pick up.
But again, I'm just kind of lost as to what we're talking about anymore ...
"Would you like me to take the Chiswick roundabout through Hounslow and Staines?"
"What is this ****ing Middle Earth? Just take us to the airport OK?"
This would be impossible to do in new york city. New york city runs on the backs of immigrants, recently transplanted. I don't care if they can speak english so long as they recognize the signs and drive well. I have driven cars in Peru, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Turkey... and I drove there fine. New Zeland (where they speak english) was the hardest place for me to drive, for obvious reasons.
Originally Posted by MrPoon
when in rome...