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To encourage my family to speak 'RP'

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user1466795981 Fri 12-Aug-16 12:21:50

They still have some traces of regional accent.

squoosh Fri 12-Aug-16 12:23:10

How frightful.

Whip them with a riding crop every time you hear them utter a ghastly flat vowel. They'll soon get the message. What ho.

user1466795981 Fri 12-Aug-16 12:23:14

SORRY I MEANT TO SAY 'LIGHTHEARTED'!!!

user1466795981 Fri 12-Aug-16 12:24:50

Thank you squoosh - After the necessary punishment has been inflicted - maybe we can all retire to the drawing room!

weirdsister Fri 12-Aug-16 12:26:11

Have you considered crowdfunding for elocution lessons?

Lweji Fri 12-Aug-16 12:27:09

Lighthearted! shock That's an even worse sin!!!

Count yourself lucky they don't have a foreign accent.

user1466795981 Fri 12-Aug-16 12:35:05

That's an idea weirdsister. I'm aware of my own regional accent but would love to speak like Paul Eddington's character in 'Yes, Minister' ! - my fav sitcom!!

I especially love the sketch - which goes ...oh bla bla bla...."she's the secretary .." - I'm sure you know the one I mean!!

OnceThereWasThisGirlWho Fri 12-Aug-16 13:12:39

One absolutely needs to drum elocution into the younger generation. It is out duty to the country to raise them properly.
Having said that, it's utterly different for the working classes, of course. I find it rather depends on the region. Some of our workers have the most delightful, gentle accents imaginable. So quaint and picturesque! However, my dear brother in the Black Country has had to enforce elocution lessons for his workers (in their own time, and at their own expense, of course - it's for their own good).
We tend to winter in the colonies and the situation there is dreadful. Some of the staff can barely speak English at all, and some even use <shudder> American pronounciation!

AndroidAddict Fri 12-Aug-16 13:13:35

We are the other way around. Ds seems to have picked up a very posh and proper accent (think 'carrrrstle' instead of castle) which just sounds so out of place here in an ex mining village in west/south Yorkshire!

mrsfuzzy Fri 12-Aug-16 13:15:49

rp is popular on here today.

derxa Fri 12-Aug-16 13:18:18

If i tried to speak RP at our local market I would be laughed to pieces. But going by accent threads on here most posters claim they have 'posh' accents so I would think it's de rigeur on here.

CremeEggThief Fri 12-Aug-16 13:27:37

Carstle is NOT the correct way of saying castle. It is one of the things about a southern English accent that annoys me most! As an Irish person, I still find it puzzling that in several English accents, r is not pronounced in words it is a part of, and added to words it is not a part of, such as castle. confused

Viviene Fri 12-Aug-16 13:33:43

I would kill to have an Irish accent!

CremeEggThief Fri 12-Aug-16 13:36:00

It's not a bad old accent at all, Viviene. We certainly know how to pronounce our 'r' properly, giving it the prominence it deserves!

Sparklingbrook Fri 12-Aug-16 13:36:56

Are there two threads about RP today? I am sure I have seen another.

wizzywig Fri 12-Aug-16 13:39:57

Heh heh heh victoria woods brief encounters sketch

derxa Fri 12-Aug-16 13:40:08

Carstle People don't use an 'r' just a different vowel sound for 'a'

OnceThereWasThisGirlWho Fri 12-Aug-16 13:59:41

Derxa Yes, more like "Ah".

Android I know someone who has an RP accent, despite being brought up by parents with a strong local accent, in a part of town where the accent is particularly strong. Inexplicable!

user1466795981 Fri 12-Aug-16 14:01:28

Sparklingbrook - yes that's me I'm afraid - I refer a lot to RP in my family and I just wanted the wider world's take on it. I promise no more threads on 'RP'.

wizzywig - I was thinking of the Armstrong and Miller sketch with the 2 RAF Officer types!!

EastMidsMummy Fri 12-Aug-16 15:10:15

Carstle is NOT the correct way of saying castle. It is one of the things about a southern English accent that annoys me most! As an Irish person, I still find it puzzling that in several English accents, r is not pronounced in words it is a part of, and added to words it is not a part of, such as castle. confused

Oh, fer fucksake, both long a and short a versions of castle are perfectly acceptable regional variants. How the fuck can you be confused that a) different people say things differently, and b) the way things are said are not the same as how they are spelled? I am confused about how you can possibly be so unaware.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 12-Aug-16 15:15:15

Actually I'm going to say YANBU. shock

People are perfectly capable of speaking differently on different occasions if they know how. It will be of benefit for the DC to speak fairly neutrally in some more formal situations, and then revert to broad accents and colloquialisms with their peers.

If nothing else some accents are almost incomprehensible to outsiders...

CremeEggThief Fri 12-Aug-16 15:16:24

I'm not unaware, EastMidsMummy, just saying it's annoying people think cars select might be the better way to say castle, when it's not. People who think they're superior because they add reviews into words that don't have it and omit it from words that do really don't have anything to feel superior about.

CremeEggThief Fri 12-Aug-16 15:17:55

*carsel
*r, not review

BertrandRussell Fri 12-Aug-16 15:19:12

Practically nobody speaks RP any more. They will sound very odd.

morningtoncrescent62 Fri 12-Aug-16 15:19:40

Send them off to boarding school immediately, OP, it's the only way. Doesn't matter that your DC are only 2 and 5 (it's never too soon to learn) and your DP is 34 and insisting her/his schooldays are over.

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