Visiting Americans often regard the elegant accents of BBC announcers as the proper speech of Britain. But Englishmen often find themselves as confused and baffled by BBC speech as Americans are.
Last week, in the letters column of the Daily Telegraph and elsewhere, a chorus of puzzled listeners cited examples of peculiar BBC enunciation, which, taken together, added up to a handy glossary of current radio speech in Britain. Samples: Miss TreedenBritain's Foreign Secretary.
Chubethe London underground.
Greyed Eela large amount.
Good Eela fair amount.
Port Ratea picture.
Picked Yurea portrait.
Tramfa triumph, as Churchill's Tramf and Tragedy.
Countess of Ayrthe public official in charge of county surveys....