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    Fly Agaric Shaman Guest

    Default American English is diverging from British English

    Mid 20th century



    Trendy Contemporary British


    Trendy Contemporary American



    If we try the same thing with British English we find that a large element of the population spoke in a way which would be considered aristocratic now. Such is entropy.

    Mid 20th century



    21st Century

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    Passing of the Great Race Guest

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    Americans are starting to sound slightly Mexican. Especially the young trendy ones.

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    KRS-ONE Guest

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    People don't have a New York accent any more they have a general American accent where all the vowels have changed and with huge RRRs or that horrible whiney Jewish one.

    The old American accent is like an archaic form of West Country speech and the modern one is completely different.

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    I tried it with Norwegians and Danes speaking English (from the 90s or people over 60, who learnt English, not Globish) and a Yorkshire or Northern Scottish accent and it doesn't work.

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    Fire Sticks Sun God Guest

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linguistic Archaeologist
    I tried it with Norwegians and Danes speaking English (from the 90s or people over 60, who learnt English, not Globish) and a Yorkshire or Northern Scottish accent and it doesn't work.
    Yorkshire accent / dialect does indeed resemble Norwegian / Danish albeit due to the longer time frame involved, less obviously than the above examples. Northern Scottish doesn't really seem to at all. Just sounds like Eastern Scottish maybe slightly more old fashioned than further south.





    Shetland lass is dark and Pictic, Shetlanders look nothing like Scandinavians either, Yorkshire people at least somewhat.

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