Video Explains Mysterious Evolution of American and British Accents
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While you were barbecuing and enjoying fireworks bursting in the air over the weekend, the people over at Seeker Daily were considering something that currently separates Americans and the lovely people over in Britain.
It’s not afternoon tea or the definition of football but rather the sounds made when we converse with one another.
Accents rest right underneath language on the list of things to consider when traveling to a destination.
One thing we have always wondered is how two countries could share so much in the way of language but differ so greatly when it comes to accents and dialect.
Well, here may be the reason:
In an odd twist, Evan Puschak explains that the varied accents are as much about England’s evolution in speech as it is about our once budding nation.
Puschak explains, “It wasn’t until later in Britain, around 1800, that the non-rhotic speech became popular among the upper classes in the south of England.”
That pronunciation took off in schools and provided just one of myriad differences from the British and those unruly Americans across the Atlantic.
So keep that in mind on your next journey to the merry ol’ country from which we proclaimed independence.
Many Americans once sounded just like the British, until the upper echelons of society grew weary of those grueling “r” sounds.
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