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Thread #28839   Message #361382
Posted By: GUEST,Another Scot
21-Dec-00 - 06:25 PM
Thread Name: BS: 'Queen no longer speaks Queen's English'
Subject: RE: BS: 'Queen no longer speaks Queen's English'
In my childhood, in Edinburgh, I was taught to consider all English pronunciations, whether upper or lower class, slovenly. If a consonant is there, it ought ordinarily to be pronounced. The English habit (or worse, childhood training) of pronouncing "butter" as "buttah" and the complete failure of most English and US citizenry to distinguish "loch" from "lock" are clearly a handicap to good communication. For illustration, I distinctly remember a BBC commentator's words telling us that Mr. Churchill would receive from the Queen "the ohdah of the guttah." One needs a good deal of background information to recreate from this the fact that Winston was to become Sir Winston, of the Order of the Garter.

So, no, I'm not nearly as distressed by this as by the drift that would have us believe stuff advertised as "incredible", or in general the illiteracy of business English, whether of the kind that infests the US or the UK.

Nevertheless, Wolfgang is right. It is valid to note a drift in speech, even if it takes a 16-bit microphone to detect it, if the content of the test speeches is as monotonously the same as the Queen's Speeches. It may not be a marker of a general decline however, as the poor old dear has had a difficult life.