A Spot of G-dropping, My Lord? British Attitudes to Accent and Class

Nicholas H. Simpson
Aug 2 · 4 min read

British politician Lord Digby Jones savaged TV presenter Alex Scott over her accent this week. But was he right to criticise her or is he living in the past?

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The legendary linguist David Crystal in his book “A Little Book of Language”, estimates that only 5% of the population of the United Kingdom speak English with an RP accent. RP or ‘Received…