I do not know if there is any thread of truth to this, and I suspect there is no way of verifying, but I have heard that the accented English used in the north eastern United States is actually closer to the accent held by the British during the colonial period than that of the English as spoken in the UK today. In other words, English as spoken in the UK has changed more than English as spoken in the states. Who knows? Who cares?
posted 18 years ago
Well just like in the USA the UK has many accents coming from different regions. You only have to go 15 miles from my home town and there's another town with an entirely different accent. However the spelling thing gets me down sometimes. For instance as a programmer i have to spell colour as color, personalisation as personalization to name just a few. The worst thing is that it is a rule that all of our documentation has to be written in British English, I've been doing a lot fo work lately with WebLogic Personalization Server and dealing with issues such as Internationalization. it gets very confusing when I read all the documentation on this stuff in American English then have to write about it in UK english. Technically the WebLogic Personalisation server doesn't exist. [This message has been edited by Angela Poynton (edited November 23, 2001).]
Pounding at a thick stone wall won't move it, sometimes, you need to step back to see the way around.
Originally posted by Angela Poynton: Well just like in the USA the UK has many accents coming from different regions. You only have to go 15 miles from my home town and there's another town with an entirely different accent.
In "Pygmalion", Professor Higgins claims that he can tell where an English person was born to within a block just by their accent.