Recently I was attempting to chat with a "Brit" who used a word I didn't understand -- soz. When I asked what it meant, he laughed and informed me that "he spoke proper English and I didn't." I replied, what do you expect? I'm American, therefore I speak American. "Exactly, you speak a corrupted form of English." I decided to ignore his rudeness and attempted to continue the conversation, but 2 lines later he stated that "hybridize" was spelled "hybridise" and continued to criticize American speech. At this point, my patience was expended, so I tossed out a couple of choice proper English phrases I had learned from BBC and left him to ponder their merit. Curious, I searched the few posts he had made, and found both grammatical and spelling errors in them. Has this particular form of ethnocentrism reared its ugly head at anyone else?