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>stringing words together
no I hadn't.............noticed that but.............I will keep.............an eye out
oh dear, sorry - it'll probably really start to irritate you now - it's one of those things that you don't really notice until someone points it out to you and then it bugs you more and more! I think somebody must have told him at some point that it made him sound more earnest, so he decided to adopt it - it's most noticeable when he's speechifying, less so in PM's Question Time
Don't worry, rkay, - he has enough irritating habits that one more or less makes little difference.
As to his altering his speech according to his audience, many people do this to a greater or lesser extent, without even realising they do it. Mind you, if you are doing it where millions can hear you (like on radio or TV!) it is something to be resisted, I think.
Can't help noticing GWB's little Texas twang. Not bad for a Connecticut patrician, and quite different from brother Jeb... Then there's the wonderful folkie patois of Arlo Guthrie, who was born in Brooklyn and attended a Massachusetts prep school. This is not meant as criticiam. Most of us learn to adapt, which can mean learning to talk the talk.
Rhube, I have drunk with a lot of Brummies in the past few months. Their continual apparent whining doesn't improve on closer acquaintance, I assure you.
As for Wellybro, the accent is actually broader than I hear in Northampton itself. Whether or not it gained city status. You think they'd have just built a bloody cathedral, wouldn't you?
Goddaughter will speak whichever accent had the most lasting impression on her. Northampton seems the safe bet. She doesn't have the slightest touch of Zild in spite of both her parents speaking it broadly.
My dislike of the Geordie accent stems from having had two bosses, one direct, one indirect, both ignorant, from Newcastle.
The idiot also known as Capfka ...
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