Accents have always fascinated me, often as a mystery to be solved. Where is this person from? In Florida, I had occasion to hear Midwestern U.S. accents frequently—but about the closest I could come to identification was “Midwestern,” and this covered a large swath of territory, since I couldn’t distinguish Illinois from Wisconsin, let alone pinpoint cities. Clearly, our language is not entirely homogenized yet.
Great Britain is a smaller place, yet the regional accents have managed to survive there, too, along with the mystery of their origin. “Hmm. Is that Cornwall or Devon?” London I can identify fairly well, and I’ve a general sense of the north of England. I can understand people in Glasgow, while in Edinburgh they might as well be speaking Ancient Egyptian. It’s truly fun to hear the different ways English is spoken (another time, we can talk about regional usage and word choices) so I was delighted to come upon this short, canny sampling of accents. This time I have to thank whoever posted it on Facebook, because due to a brain freeze, I failed to note the source.
Also, due to the technical limitations of my brain, I am offering a link rather than an embedded video.
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.