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CultureShock! Great Britain by Terry Tan

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‘In Yorkshire they say ‘coom oop’ and see me sometime. In London, ‘cor blimey’ is explosive Cockney exclamation. In arty Chelsea, a ‘nice hice’ is a ‘nice house’ through stiff upper lips. In Britain, you’ll hear more accents than in an UN conference.’—Terry’s journal, August 1984

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE EVOLVED from a Babel of Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Latin, Norse and Norman French dialects. The untrained ear to this linguistic mix would be hard put to tell the difference between a Scots accent and an Irish one, both involving convolutions ...

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