I mostly shed my Wustah* accent sometime between high school and college, but it can pop up at times, startling me. If I try to speak Wustah deliberately, though, I trip over my tongue. It’s been a few centuries since high school, and while my present speech might be an acquired language, I’ve spoken it for longer than the original.
The Wustah and Boston accents probably sound the same to people from outside New England, but most natives can distinguish between them. While this video (not as sharp as I’d wish, but the content compensates) stays rather more general, it points out some interesting links between the New England accent and that of certain regions of England.
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.