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    (Original post by jismith1989)
    Maybe, but Latinate diction's dying out, even the upper-middle-classes tend to throw their prepositions about the place!
    True, though I tend to write "properly". I am guilty of being less precise in speech though.
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    (Original post by Ewan)
    Private schoo
    Yeah lol, I know a guy who told me that he never had a posh accent before going to private school

    It's the social phenomenon of fitting in with your peers.

    BTW, what's a 'normal background'?
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    (Original post by ashy)
    True, though I tend to write "properly". I am guilty of being less precise in speech though.
    Ah, it can be forgiven: conversational English just wouldn't work any more with such a rigid system. (Not that it ever particularly has, of course.)

    As Churchill said when corrected on his wandering prepositions, "This is the sort of bloody nonsense up with which I will not put." :awesome:
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    Because they are pompous.
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    (Original post by jismith1989)
    Ah, it can be forgiven: conversational English just wouldn't work any more with such a rigid system. (Not that it ever particularly has, of course.)

    As Churchill said when corrected on his wandering prepositions, "This is the sort of bloody nonsense up with which I will not put." :awesome:
    I do love that quote

    Prepositions at the end of sentences aren't the most heinous of crimes in English, it's fine :tongue:
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    I don't know, but it's so annoying
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    I'd rather not sound posh, but I try to be well spoken. Mainly because of my career ambitions.
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    OP's just jealous that he does not have a sexy, posh accent :awesome:
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    Define "posh". I use a sort of regionless accent to talk often because I just lost my local accent, although I still speak in it when I'm feeling nostalgic. Or angry.
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    (Original post by gumdrop)

    I said to a a friend out riding that I would 'jump that dyke' - meaning ditch. She thought I meant I would have sex with a lesbian. Awful example but it does show how local language causes confusion, and as accent and dialogue are related I can completely understand why my parents chose to ensure, when the occasion arises, that I can speak in received pronunciation.
    So you speak in a completely different voice in certain situations? May I ask in what situations? I think this is fairly absurd!
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    I guess it depends on who you socialise with. I used to be quite well spoken but when I went to school in a different area I sound as common as muck now haha. The reverse is true for one of my teachers who despite living in an area where everyone speaks in a cockney accent she pronounces her Ps and Qs, sometimes she lets the odd cockney phrase slip though haha. She says "Its nothing to do with sounding posh, it is just a matter of speaking properly and pronouncing your words properly". Oh she makes me giggle.
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    the teachers in my primary school talked like that it was a public school : )
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    I know what you mean. Some people say mines posh but I doubt it - it's just common. I now live in Birmingham where apparently they have awful accents (I disagree), but anyway, a friend of mine who's lived in Bham all her life has THE most poshest accent. I feel I should have the posh accent as I lived in London my whole life and apparently Londoners tend to have posher accents.
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    If I'm talking to someone I'm slightly uncomfortable with I'll talk in a more posh accent. Not on purpose. I don't know why. Then the more you get to know me the more I fall into rural Lancashire.
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    some people change their accents to seem more interesting, but some don't do it on purpose they change it according to who they're with
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    (Original post by L i b)
    I knew one of those. He blamed it on a misspent childhood watching The Simpsons.
    I does my head it!
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    I'm always a little unsure about my accent, it seems to change from time to time. I might say, go through a phase of pronouncing everything properly for a few months. It doesn't even really depend on whom I'm talking to, like I know it does for some people. That thing people have mentioned, like speaking posher on the phone. Oo, also, if I speak more loudly, the accent changes, usually to something a bit posher I think generally I just have a timid geordie accent but I've been told I don't really sound like I am geordie. So confusing :P
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    (Original post by Ewan)
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    I luckily escaped a Hull accent for the above reason :p: It all depends who you socialize with
    Yeh, I agree... it's most likely to be private school; for me it was anyway. Count yourself lucky that you didn't develop a Yorkshire accent. I do!
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    Most of the people on TSR - no money but attempt to have class.
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    I never thought I had a posh accent at all until I went to uni but most people in my block said I sounded really posh and one described it as 'a 1950s radio typ of voice' :confused:

    I'm from Nottingham but went to private schools so possibly got it from there. My parents don't really have posh accents but are more well spoken than lots of people with the local accent.
 
 
 
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