The status of Parisian French or Tuscan Italian has long been unassailable.
Yet in the early 1940s, fusty Chicagoans were writing to The Chicago Tribune declaring Midwestern speech America’s “purest,” while New York radio announcers were speaking in plummy Londonesque, complete with rolled r’s. C., the elite’s sense of the best English involved peculiar archaisms like “cam” for “calm” and “gyardin” for “garden.” In “Speaking American,” a history of American English, Richard W.
The story of American English is one of eternal rises and falls in reputation, and Bailey, the author of several books on English, traces our assorted ways of speaking across the country, concentrating on a different area for each 50-year period, starting in Chesapeake Bay and ending in Los Angeles.
We are struck by the oddness of speech in earlier America.
A challenge for a book like Bailey’s, however, is the sparseness of evidence on earlier forms of American English.
This list of "Afrikanerisms" (referred to as "funagalore" - not to be confused with the created language Fanagalo which was used in the mines of South Africa (also known as RSA) to ensure workers from various language backgrounds could communicate) comprises slang words and phrases influenced by Afrikaans and other African languages.
Kim Kardashian West: Well, outside would be freezing, so maybe one inside and one outside. KW: But there's a way that you can open the glass, like a sunroof. All of our shit is like Owen Wilson's character; he's like, "This is when we jumped off Mount Everest, and we wore turtle flight suits or whatever." When they were asked who's more vain, they had this response. Developmental Psychologist with research interests involving the giving of evidence in courtroms by young children.More recently, research involving qualty of life issues (ie physical, social, psychological well-being) of children with chronic illnesses.Bailey argues that geography is largely behind our fluid evaluations of what constitutes “proper” English.Early Americans were often moving westward, and the East Coast, unlike European cities, birthed no dominant urban standard.