Sound and fury: cockney ducks and mimicking politicians | OxfordWords blog

 

Language has always been more fashion than science: as Bill Bryson once said, the way we use it ‘wanders around like hemlines’. A couple of weeks ago, the Washington newspaper the Olympian ran an article headed ‘When visiting the South, please leave fake accent at home’. Its writer, Kathleen Parker, finds political charlatan accents among the most objectionable of linguistic trends, citing the Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who greeted a Mississippi crowd with “Mornin’, y’all”. Would Romney, Parker asks, greet an audience at a Jewish Community Center with: “Oy vey, did I ever enjoy my loxies and bagels this morning!”? Or African Americans with: “Yo, dawg, wassup?” Actually, yes, Parker concludes, remembering Romney approaching an African-American baby at a 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. Pointing to the baby’s necklace, he apparently asked: “What’s happening? You got some bling-bling here!”

 

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