Why Do People In Old Movies Talk Weird?

Have you ever watched a black-and-white movie? We have watched some and now we wonder why the actors sound so funny? Hopefully, we managed to find an answer to the question. Just watch this video as it explains why the people in old movies might have such a strange accent or dialect!


It's important! Spoilers: Continue to read if you have already watched the video!

The video explains that the upper-crust accent is reminiscent of British aristocracy. It was the style of speaking taught to students in expensive boarding schools. The style includes such peculiarities of speech as: enunciated T's (in words like fighter, water) and dropped R's (in words like speaker, winner).

Such an accent is called the transatlantic accent. You might have also heard it on old school radio.

Why don't we have such an accent anymore? The thing is that the accent fell out of favor in 1950. There were fewer teachers who could teach the manner of speaking. Today, it's almost impossible to hear someone speaking that weird. You can probably only occasionally hear it on stage at the theatuhh.

Do you like such a noble accent? Please, share your opinion in the comments below!

#History #language #Movies & TV

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33 Comments
delper
Whats so wrong about another person language., the world is full of diversity. There is nothing called dumb language, you embrace yours , yhey embrace theirs.
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Nov 29, 2015 9:08PM
Paul Cocoanto
I love languages. One learns so much more about a culture when listening or learning their language. Enjoy our differences.
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Nov 29, 2015 9:13PM
Sarah Hearn-vonFoerster
Sarah Hearn-vonFoerster
I loved that proper manner of pronunciation...to whom is it weird, other than this writer? My famity is from Savannah originally, and we were taught to enunciate "t's " and soften " r's ". More Boston than Boston. I appreciate the positive comments given. Thank you.
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Nov 29, 2015 9:22PM
Bruce Somers
Bruce Somers
Is 'we're gonna hafta' or 'I would of done it' intentional and not just sloppy speech? I prefer the earlier speech.
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Nov 29, 2015 10:21PM
Sandi Dinger
Sandi Dinger
The accent is far better than the "faux pas" of today's society!
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Nov 29, 2015 10:21PM
Julie Henson
Julie Henson
the comfortable blend of manny cultures and languages.
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Nov 29, 2015 10:22PM
Tom Young
Embrace all languages...
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Nov 29, 2015 10:57PM
James Isaac Smith
James Isaac Smith
Yes, Real Imformative topics that are interesting...
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Nov 29, 2015 11:11PM
Maria Clair
Maria Clair
Yes I think it is sad that there is no one speaking in that well-educated manner
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Nov 30, 2015 2:13AM
Richard Cingire
i live in iowa but come from east coast. people out here love my accent.
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Nov 30, 2015 2:33AM
Cristy Baeza
At least you could get used to it and understand what they said. Nowadays it's almos imposible.
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Nov 30, 2015 9:57AM
Shortarms01
I don't think it is weird, just different. A local accent is fine but we should also all be able to speak a version of English understandable to all other English speakers. Most newsreaders have it just about right. What on earth is wrong with pronouncing your "t's" or, say, the "ing" at the end of a word? Of course, I'm English so he probably thinks I talk that way anyway!
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Nov 30, 2015 1:16PM
isabella bashir
For me, it's not the difference in the enunciation of the letters that caught my attention. It was the horrific spead they spoke. Why did they speak so fast?
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Nov 30, 2015 2:12PM
Cynthia Ciallella
Cynthia Ciallella
There are many places where people still speak with an accent or lack thereof that many Americans are not familiar with. As a native Marylander I can tell you that in the Chesapeake Bay there are 2 small islands one of which is Smith Island and the other Tangier Island where many still speak a form of the English language that is very much like the ancient Welsh form of our language.
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Nov 30, 2015 8:08PM
Nikki Sokol
Nikki Sokol
Sounds sooo cultured.
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Dec 2, 2015 7:48AM

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