> What aggravates me even more, is when an American author's book is
> translated into German and on the inside cover "Aus den
> amerikanischen übersetzt.."
This used to annoy me also when living in France, and seeing books translated into French "de l'americain".
But actually, it makes sense, if you regroove your thinking to what they are actually saying. For one thing, they're not saying it's a dialect.
To take a parallel example, here's what the Dictionnaire de l'Academie Française
has to say about the noun américain
"3. N. m. L'américain,
forme prise par l'anglais écrit et parlé aux États-Unis d'Amérique." (I chose French rather than German for this example, because I know it better, and because the Dictionnaire de l'Academie is official and has the standard of law in France; as far as I understand it, the closest parallel would be the Duden in Germany, but even the Duden doesn't have that level of stamp of officialdom as far as I understand.)
Furthermore, by phrasing it that way, they're letting you know that they well recognize that this isn't the same kind of job as the one they gave, say, to the person who translated Trainspotting
. That is, for the American work they chose a (presumably French native) specialist in American English--as well they should.
Finally, they get to organize their language the way they want to, as do we. We would find it laughable if the Germans were to get their knickers in a twist about our using the word "German" to refer to their language, instead of Deutsch (Alemannisch, anyone?).
So, give them a break, and don't worry too much about the books being translated "Aus den amerikanischen". If anything, consider it a tribute to the level of importance they ascribe to our variety of English. If anything, it should be the Brits, not us, being pissed (AE!) about it.
As a footnote: I'd be curious to know how far this goes in Germany. Translated from the Australian? Translated from the Kiwi? From the Sout' Effrikken? ;-) What's on the translation credit of the German edition of Achebe's Things Fall Apart