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Ironic that the section on using American English began with the word "whilst," which the OED categorizes as non-standard outside of British English. This word "whilst" is repeated all over this wiki, but it isn't American English. Not a big deal, really, but the American English word is "while." WikiYar 15:56, August 24, 2011 (UTC)

It might not be as common in American English, but it actually appears in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels, despite him being American. Ausir(talk) @Wikia 17:40, August 24, 2011 (UTC)
There are certain words that are uncommon in American English, but which are not as a rule, considered to not be proper words in it. "Whilst" is one of these. There are many gray areas and a large amount of overlap. There are also several word variants which are fairly commonly used by speakers of American English today, which for some reason are still considered to not technically exist in "American English" but to be a borrowing of British English (as opposed to just a really rare word preference in American English). There are also some variants which can exist in American English but which I've found to be quite uncommon, i.e. I always spell it "dialogue", and while "dialog" exists in American English it never really caught on. At any rate, given that A Song of Ice and Fire was written in American English, just make sure to catch the common things like "color" as opposed to the unsightly "coloured", "line" not "queue", etc. Also avoid giving measurements in the metric system.--The Dragon Demands 22:44, April 18, 2012 (UTC)
Unsightly? I think you might mean that American English uses "colored" derived from the English "coloured".--Opark 77 23:48, April 18, 2012 (UTC)

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