Saturday, August 23, 2008

Loose vowels



Quality Dad time with the girls this afternoon watching 'Nanny McPhee' - yet another vehicle for Emma Thompson & Colin Firth (what, no Judi Dench this time?) and yet more English whimsy with which to market Britain PLC and pass the hours on long-haul flights.

Yes, yes, it's 'nice' and even funny in places and the girls lap it up. However, the ingrained class snobbery shows through and makes me wince - it's really 'Pygmalion' all over again. Scrape away the frocks and Dickensian pastiche and it's all about pronunciation: you are what (or, rather how) you speak.

"Behave" or "bee hive" - there you have it.