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George Bernard Shaw
People sure talk funny

George Bernard Shaw, writing in the preface to Pygmalion, says flatly that "it is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman despise him." The way we speak betrays many things about our regional origins, level of education, and class status, and those who hear us are quick to make judgments.  Alteration and concealment are possible, as with those Episcopal clergy who come back from a six-week course at Canterbury or a summer at Oxford with Received Pronunciation clenched between their teeth. But unless one has had tutelage with a Henry Higgins, original marks will remain.  Last week I wrote a post suggesting that people...

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