Wednesday, December 03, 2003

From today (a great read every day)
It’s, like, official
I've seen the whole process from its start 20 years ago: the Valley Girl accent has gone from being a joke to the default white American accent used by young people and, as Andrew Gumbel writes, the not-so-young as well. Much like Mockney/Estuary is taking over middle and even upper-class English speech. (It's made huge inroads on the BBC but hasn't completely taken over there.) That's more like the English version of wiggers in the States - talk like you're from Catford even if you went to public school. Mick Jagger's been doing it for 30 years and now even Prince William does it! Alas.

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