Removed irrelevant statement about British society; imporved explanation of the perception and role of American English
The use of [[English]] in the [[United States]] was inherited as a result of British [[colonialism|colonization]] of the country which at the time was partly a British colony. The first wave of English-speaking settlers arrived in North America in the 17th century. During that time, there were also speakers in North America of [[Dutch]], [[French]], [[German]], [[Spanish]], [[Swedish]], [[Scots]], [[Welsh]], [[Irish]], [[Scottish Gaelic]], [[Finnish]], as well as numerous [[Native American]] languages. To a certain extent, the American dialect spoken commonly throughout the USA comes from the intertwining of many of these languages and dialects.
Today American English is
simpler and more phonetic than British English. Sometimes as an expression of [[anti-American]] sentiment, however, non-Americans will insist that use of arcane British English is exclusively proper English . The predominantly [[liberal]] [[Wikipedia]] suffers from an excess of British English, far beyond the proportional country of origins of contributors and readers.