- Me: I'm studying linguistics.
- Other: So what language are you studying?
- Me: It's the study of language in general.
Does it make me pretentious to use the standard British spellings and formats when I’m writing even if I’m an American?
I think not.
The differences between the British and the American spelling systems are arbitrary and superficial. Abandoning your people’s own system and favoring the British orthography would suggest that they are superior, especially linguistically, which is simply not true. I wouldn’t say it’s pretentious.. but it’s unnecessary and pointless.
That being said, I love everything you post :)