I wonder if anybody’s actually had feelings for me, like actually got upset or mad over little things I did and got jealous and confused over me and thought about me on a regular basis. I feel like I’m the only person who ever really cares about anyone and that nobody’s ever felt that way for me.
why does everything turn into a “Canada/America” debate
we are a bromance
we should act as bros
#longest unguarded border in the world say what #cause we got each otha’s backs #you fuck with canada #then you fuck with the united states #and if you fuck with the united states #well we probably deserved it and we dont want canada to get hurt so they stay out of it
#i love how this is obviously meant to look like a deep and meaningful life-evaluating question #but it’s literally just percy asking ”why the fuck am i here” #”what the fuck is this camp” #”who the fuck are you” #”why do you have hooves” #”the fuck is going on” #”man this is a really bad acid trip”
Americans in 1776 did have British accents in that American and British accents hadn’t yet diverged. That’s not too surprising.
What’s surprising, though, is that those accents were much closer to today’s American accents than to today’s British accents. While both have changed over time, it’s actually British accents that have changed much more drastically since then.
First, let’s be clear: the terms “British accent” and “American accent” are oversimplifications; there were, and still are, innumerable constantly-evolving regional British and American accents. What most Americans think of as “the British accent” is the standardized Received Pronunciation, also known as “BBC English.”
While there are many differences between today’s British accents and today’s American accents, perhaps the most noticeable difference is rhotacism. While most American accents are rhotic, the standard British accent is non-rhotic. (Rhotic speakers pronounce the ‘R’ sound in the word “hard.” Non-rhotic speakers do not.)
So, what happened?
In 1776, both American accents and British accents were largely rhotic. It was around this time that non-rhotic speech took off in southern England, especially among the upper class. This “prestige” non-rhotic speech was standardized, and has been spreading in Britain ever since.
Most American accents, however, remained rhotic.
This made my life.
My world history teacher in high school told me about this, but I couldn’t believe him. But then again, he didn’t even explain anything, just told me what the title basically told me, then carried on his lesson about Ancient Rome.