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Re: Not just Cockney,bruv! (was: Revised Eastern Vowel Orthography)

From:Raymond A. Brown <raybrown@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 25, 1999, 18:44
At 5:16 pm -0500 24/5/99, Tom Wier wrote:
>> >> The evidence here would indeed suggest that it is spreading, especially >> among the urban young. Whether it will make it across the Atlantic is a >> different matter :) > >Hmm, curious. Is it more of a class dialect thing, or is it becoming >general among all young urbanites?
Traditionally, it has been regarded as a 'lower class' thing, but among the urban young it is definitely now pretty classless; tho those aspiring to climb the social ladder will probably endeavor to become 'bilingual' which can lead to amusing hypercorrections like 'enuth' for "enough" (which I've certainly come across). Whether it is finding its way into rural areas, I'm not certain. Ray.