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Desc:All you ever wanted to know about the usage of the acquired Mid-Atlantic accent
Category:Classic Movies, Classic TV Clips
Tags:old movies, classic movies, accents, mid-atlantic, transatlantic
Submitted:kingarthur
Date:11/19/15
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Boomer The Dog
That's something I noticed a lot in old movies, and wondered where that accent had gone to in the media. I had always thought it was just European immigrants, and through the generations they lost it. I've thought it's been around, the echos of it at least, even in 1960s movies.

Another accent that seems to be fading from movies and the airwaves is the New York City accent. Strong accents from different NYC boroughs were on lots of TV shows, like All In The Family for example, and even the Dog show Rosie that was posted here, he sounded like a New York mutt.

Maybe it's just different because lots of production has moved to LA? Now so many shows seem to have a dry, non-dramatic speech, which is funny, when a 'drama' has people talking in virtual monotone.

I guess it's because every second of dialog is calculated and measured on TV and in the movies, actors speak in sound bites, so there's less room for informality to get into the mix.

Boomer
infinite zest
Same with the Midwestern accent. Fargo's probably the best example I can think of, or maybe the mom from Bobby's World. So when I went out to WIsconsin for University I just assumed everybody would talk that way and nobody did, on a big campus with probably a 75% in-state or neighboring state (like Minnesota or the Dakotas) student body. But my ex-in-laws, Oh you BETCHA they had it, though my ex, who lived nowhere but Wisconsin for 28 years, did not.

Same goes for the East Coast.. I didn't live out there for long enough to really think about it, but I never heard that sort of Kennedy-esque accent either.

Raggamuffin
You're not going to find a lot of people in New England who talk like the Kennedy's did. They had the trans-atlantic accent discussed in the video for the same reason: they learned it in prep school. Strictly old-timey upper crust, although a Maine accent has a lot of similarity.

15th
I've always wondered and now I know, thanks.
Cube
Why do people make subscribe-whoring, overproduced videos about stuff that could be explained with a few lines of text?
kingarthur
I've wondered that myself and I struggle to fathom how they're profiting from it other than some sort of low level fame?

Cena_mark
That youtube money is really good for some folks. I don't know how many subscribers or views one needs to make a decent living, but they're trying. I think its something of the internet age. People just want to quit their jobs and make a living producing youtube shows. They get to be their own boss, use their creative visions as their work, and have their own schedules. Then there's some who get filthy rich off of it.

Rodents of Unusual Size
I love this accent. I wish it were still around. It makes me feel like getting on a streetcar.
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