accents & prescriptivism
george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Wed Sep 19 19:57:21 UTC 2001
We have had some discussion here lately about those who dislike the
accents of others. One's response to another's accent is not always an
This is from the [New York] Commercial Advertiser, July 28, 1830, p. 2,
A woman named Hagley, native of England residing in Hudson street, died
on Saturday by taking Opium Pills, which were sent by a druggist who
mistook the messenger's pronunciation of "opening". He can scarcely be
fit to send drugs.
George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998.
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