Canadians, Commonwealth, with parts of the world have been influenced by American popular media, aka “the American Propaganda Machine,” for over a centenary. Considering Webster’s fiasco of the English language in 1827, today 65% of Canadians spell like Americans and more aware of USA trends etc; while I use the British “s” vs the American “z,” getting stick poked by the Forum’s spelling police. 30% of Canadian English University students fail, their English basic level entry exam, not counting over 60% of graduates, with average or poor writing skills. An Ipso-Reid poll: Canadians in 2008, 90%; “said they learned more American history then Canadian,” viz: only 4%, if, aware of Canada’s contribution, in the Second Anglo Boer War.
In the olden day’s post 1900, the population of both countries spread inward through the border, as towns, villages and cities sprung into existence. News press of the day, repartee, commerce, goods, work, etc., was exchanged by both sides of the bord’s population, counting Canadian, American shared back and forth immigration.
In perspective, there are numerous inaccuracies, contradictions, in FWW Canadian accounts, it’s been long over due, historians’, start rocking the boat, concerning this matter. Corrections are in dire need concerning, First World War (FWW) and Second World War (SWW) accounts.
British officer Lt.-Col. Charles à Court Repington, military war correspondent with the “Morning Post” from 1902–1904, “The Times,” from 1904-1918, an influential British journalist publishing his war diaries, “The First World War 1914-1918,” in 1920, popularised the name. Repington’s use of FWW, wasn’t the states quo among British authors, scholars, known as one of the earliest cites, echoed in A.J.P. Taylor’s “England 1914-1945.” WWI & WWII are U.S. terminology, invented by the American Propaganda Machine, the New York Times in September 18th 1939, -11 issues. The Times needed a coin catch phrase for the new war, dubbing it World War Two “WW II,” killing two birds with one stone, renaming “World War,” used officially by American Government. Owing the term was popular with the American population, only on Sept. 11th, 1945 WWI & II, officially used by the US Government in the Federal Register. The Great War even though used by, press, mainstream historians, while the war was in full swing, applies to the French Revolution & Napoleonic Wars. Numerous Canadian, British Historians, scholars etc., are aware of this issue, and considered bad-form, not very Canadian or UK, when WWI-II, American terminology in accounting, Canadian or British events that unfolded during FWW, or Second World War (SWW) in the Commonwealth. Considering, America’ declared neutrality, as she grossly profited, arriving very late with the “doughboys,” entering the war effort on, April 6th, 1917 with 4 divisions in France never seeing serious action throughout that year, war ending November 11th, 1918.
When writing on American events in historical accounts, for all means, use American terminology. (The United States of America in WWII, while profiting, dragged their heels, again, only post Pearl Harbour’s attack by the Jap’s, the US Government declared war). The term, proper abbreviation for Japan or Japanese person, was “Jap,” prior to SWW, used in literary historical accounts throughout the decades, especially during and post war. Using terms of the day is acceptable in historical accounts, movies, doc’s, however when used otherwise for circa two decades, awareness has grown, considered a racial slur in certain countries, owing to the SWW-WWII stigma surrounding the abbreviation, “Jap.”