Not a totally daft idea when you consider that for a good couple of hundred years your average prole lived in a filthy, soot-caked industrial area of a city and probably had bronchitis by the time they were about six.I came up with some drug addled theory about ruling class accents denoting some kind physical advantage at one point. I think it was to do with good sinuses and breathing apparatus. I wouldn't want to put it up for peer review though.
Good work bringing the thread back on topic.i used to be very good at climbing ropes and high jump, which is weird cos i'm really small. i jumped higher than anyone else in my class and it felt as if i'd float in the air for minutes. also one time there was a rumor going around my town that you could win a free nokia if you'd get a really really high score playing "snake" (that little game pre-installed on nokia's) and then i'd spend days trying until i managed to have such a long snake that it was impossible to have it grow longer. i'd zigzag from top to bottom until the head touched the tale. i don't think anyone ever achieved that. at least not that i heard of.
Not a totally daft idea when you consider that for a good couple of hundred years your average prole lived in a filthy, soot-caked industrial area of a city and probably had bronchitis by the time they were about six.
Not that our cities have amazing air quality even today but obviously it's a lot better than it was 100 years ago, or even 60 years ago when you consider that "pea soupers" still used to happen in London back then.
Hmm, "good breeding" taken to an extreme is actually pretty terrible breeding, because it often involves reproducing with close relatives. Not a great idea at all. But we're talking actual toffs and royals here, as opposed to the upper-middle class.That too although I think I originally took it as an indicator of good breeding. The way you might inspect a dog. There's a Wyndham Lewis story in The Wild Body which was to blame for this train of thought. I got stuck on dogs and breeding and the British for a while.
Yeah, I've heard this before. The idea that some pronunciations changed in British English but were preserved in the USA. And the idea that "gotten" is an Americanism when it used to be standard English.A friend of mine who teaches linguistics told me that Chaucer probably sounded a bit like a modern (to be vague) American. And that the American accent (sorry to be vague) is closer to how middle english sounded than the modern English accent.
television was considered to homogenise accents. im not sure the internet will have the same effect necessarily.