A Short Guide to Great Britain…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s sound is that of the gears of the haunted windmill creaking and turning in the dead of night…

Here’s another little gem of a book found in a junk shop a few years ago; it’s only about five by four inches in size, a pocket book, and is quite slim with just 38 pages.

DSCN3749This is a piece of history – a small book (1942) given to all the US service people who came over to Britain during World War II – it is a short guide to the UK and its culture.
Shall we choose a page at random dear reader?

English versus American language:
Almost before you meet the people you will hear them speaking ‘English’. At first you may not understand what they are talking about and they may not understand what you say. The accent will be different from what you are used to, and many of the words will be strange, or apparently wrongly used. But you will get used to it. Remember back in Washington stenographers from the South are having a hard time to understand dictation given by business executives from New England and the other way around.
In England the ‘upper crust’ speak pretty much alike. You will hear the news broadcaster for the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). He is a good example, because he has been trained to talk with the ‘cultured’ accent. He will drop the letter ‘r’ (as some people do in sections of our country) and will say ‘hyah’ instead of ‘here’. He will use the broad a pronouncing all the a‘s in ‘ ‘Banana’ like the a in ‘father’.
You will have more difficulty with some of the local dialects. It may comfort you to know that a farmer or villager from Cornwall very often can’t understand a farmer or villager in Yorkshire or Lancashire. But you will learn – and they will learn – to understand you.

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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