- Jul 31, 2004
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Um. Oh dear. It's true that regional accents seem to have become the norm in TV dramas. I'm not sure why that is. Obviously plenty of people speak with regional accents, but absolutely a lot of us don't. I used to have a Yorkshire accent, but after I moved to Norfolk it kind of just quietly vanished and I now sound like an old school BBC news reader! I guess cause we didn't have TV when I was a kid, and I listened to an awful lot of Radio 4!Nix...!
I understood that We (der Einweltanglosprachenvolk) were averse to using Latinate (or indeed any Johnny Foreigner) plurals on 'loan' words. I thought that the current fashionable argot demanded nothing more nor less than a simple "s" (though, please, dear God, not catastrophically-appended via any single surplus apostrophe)
If I were to refer (certainement dans Bradford or Bannockburn) to sports stadia rather than stadiums, or even write about employment bureaux as opposed to employment bureaus, I might find myself tied to a large copy of Beowulf and dragged through the streets of Norland until I were very verra sorry.
Iff'n it'd still been back late last century, continental et classic pluralisation might've been acceptable. People what speak'n'rite proper now have to do so very quietly, to avoid accusations of being one o'them interlecturals (coarse I is jus jokin lyke lol brb)
@Krepostnoi, I'm not sure that you'll necessarily be aware of the (almost non self-parody) recalibration of Yoksheer accentualisation, into being nearly a varient version of RP (I exaggerate, but only a bit). The Game Of Thrones effect, and the likely future canonisation of Sean Bean, all conspires to make the tongue of the dales perhaps a dominant spoken style in Bringlish broadcasting and the meedja generally
As for the rest of it, you're being appallingly ignorant and snobbish. I have a posh sounding accent, I very rarely swear, and only then by accident, and I do use quite a few polysyllabic words.
No-one working class I chat to on the market, for example, has ever taken the mickey in a nasty way, or asked me to explain what I'm talking about. Yeah, there may be some gentle ribbing, but it's only meant in fun.
I mean, it may be totally different where you live. But if it is, I'm sure you could easily overcome it. No need to get all passive aggressive about it!