Boston Brahmin accent

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The Boston Brahmin accent is a New England accent associated with the Boston Brahmins and is therefore quite different from the accent associated with most working-class Bostonians.

Examples of people with this accent include Charles Eliot Norton,[1] Henry Cabot Lodge, T.S. Eliot, Leverett Saltonstall, John Brooks Wheelwright,[2] Katharine Hepburn,[3] George C. Homans,[4] Robert Lowell, McGeorge Bundy,[5] Elliot Richardson,[6] William F. Buckley, Jr.,[7] George Plimpton,[8] and John Kerry.[9][10]

In popular culture, use of the accent often denotes stereotypes such as pretentiousness or snobbery. Users of this accent include the characters Charles Emerson Winchester on M*A*S*H, Thurston Howell III on Gilligan's Island, Walter Gaines on Cheers, Tracks on Transformers, and George Feeny on Boy Meets World. The accent bears some similarities to the Mid-Atlantic accent, as well as a greater New York exaggeration known as Locust Valley lockjaw.



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  2. ^ Alan M. Wald (1983). The revolutionary imagination: the poetry and politics of John Wheelwright and Sherry Mangan. UNC Press Books. p. 93. ISBN 978-0-8078-1535-9. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Robert Blumenfeld (1 December 2002). Accents: A Manual for Actors. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 171. ISBN 978-0-87910-967-7. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  4. ^ A. Javier Treviño (April 2006). George C. Homans: history, theory, and method. Paradigm Publishers. p. vii. ISBN 978-1-59451-191-2. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Jacob Heilbrunn (6 January 2009). They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 85. ISBN 978-1-4000-7620-8. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  6. ^ William Thaddeus Coleman; Donald T. Bliss (26 October 2010). Counsel for the situation: shaping the law to realize America's promise. Brookings Institution Press. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-8157-0488-1. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Healy, Patrick (3 September 2009). "A Mannah of Speaking". The New York Times. p. 1. 
  8. ^ Larry Gelbart; Museum of Television and Radio (New York, N.Y.) (1996). Stand-up comedians on television. Harry N. Abrams Publishers. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-8109-4467-1. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Bill Sammon (1 February 2006). Strategery: How George W. Bush Is Defeating Terrorists, Outwitting Democrats, and Confounding the Mainstream Media. Regnery Publishing. p. 103. ISBN 978-1-59698-002-0. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
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  • Alvarez, Louis; Kolker, Andrew, American Tongues, IMDb .
  • Metcalf, Allan (2002). How We Talk: American Regional; English Today. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 74. ISBN 978-0-618-04362-0. 

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