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Banksiaman 06-17-2019 04:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Wendell Wagner (Post 21701244)
hajario, you're talking about Elizabeth McGovern. She is American. When she was 30 or 31, she married a British man, and apparently she's lived in the U.K. since then. Her character Cora Crawley is supposed to have married a British aristocrat when she was 22 and lived in the U.K. ever since then. So she was exactly the right casting - an American who's lived most of her adult life in the U.K.

This might be the right time to bring up the Mid-Atlantic or Transatlantic accent - which I had assumed was just the consequence of someone spending a bit of time on either side of the Atlantic.

Looking it up on Wikipedia it appears it was actually a purposeful thing what that you were taught to do to accentuate your class / quality credentials, and was a mainstay of elitist prep schools and the theatre.

Exponents include Frasier Crane, Thurston and Lovey Howell III and Cruella de Ville.

Loach 06-17-2019 03:14 PM

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Originally Posted by hajario (Post 21701275)
Thatís funny. I thought she was a Brit doing a terrible American accent. Thanks.

Even before she moved to England I found her speech to be weirdly affected so maybe thatís what you are picking up on.


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Originally Posted by Banksiaman (Post 21701307)
This might be the right time to bring up the Mid-Atlantic or Transatlantic accent - which I had assumed was just the consequence of someone spending a bit of time on either side of the Atlantic.

Looking it up on Wikipedia it appears it was actually a purposeful thing what that you were taught to do to accentuate your class / quality credentials, and was a mainstay of elitist prep schools and the theatre.

Exponents include Frasier Crane, Thurston and Lovey Howell III and Cruella de Ville.

Letís not forget Charles Emerson Winchester III.

Iíve found it nearly impossible to tell the difference between John Nobleís English and American posh accent. In real life he sounds very Australian.


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