The Queen’s English

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The Queen's English 

Received pronunciation, 
with little deviation, 
is required to be a big cheese. 
If you're born in the South 
with a plum in your mouth, 
then it's something you'll manage, with ease. 

Live further North, 
say somewhere like Wath, 
and your accent's looked on with disdain. 
If you wish to go far, 
be more than mere par, 
posh speech, you must learn how to feign.

16 Comments on “The Queen’s English

  1. I have a friend from Leicester, who for years taught uny in Southampton, and when her daughter started speaking “estuary”, they moved back up north to sort out her accent. Her daughter, now grown, currently lives in the east end of London and sounds like Eliza Doolittle.

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    • πŸ˜‚ Accents eh. There is a stigma about most Northern accents, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbrian, Scouse, Geordie…I could go on!


  2. I’ll just throw in some foreign accents like Swedes and Norwegians speaking English. Just listen to a clip of Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of NATO.

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