Contrast this with the situation for lovers of French, English, Chinese or Japanese culture
anglophile 102,000, francophile 84,700, japanophile 20,400, sinophile 3450Why is this? Snobbery, perhaps - a 'new' culture looked down on by traditional ones? Or pure prejudice? Casual anti-Americanism is often indulged where where other forms of bigotry are socially unacceptable. Or is it just linguistically awkward - americaphile really isn't a pretty word.
You might want to check out:
- (audio) discussion about the relationship between British and American English here.
- Time Magazine piece on The Next American Century
Alistair Cooke's America