accents & prescriptivism

George Thompson 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
esthetic matter.

This is from the [New York] Commercial Advertiser, July 28, 1830, p. 2,
col. 5:

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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