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atticism: concise and elegant expression, diction, or the like. the style or idiom of Attic Greek occurring in another dialect or language. attachment to Athens or to the style, customs, etc., of the Athenians.


International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). (Received Pronunciation or RP, the accent native to parts of south-east England and often misconstrued as the 'educated accent' of the UK).


Received Pronunciation


pronunciation | \bez-mAn\ #baisemain, noun, French, kiss, greeting, words, otherwordly, other-wordly, definitions, B,


Regardless of the superior status granted to Standard British English in comparison to extra-insular Englishes, the Received Pronunciation accent is only socially more prestigious, not linguistically.


Prince William's cut-glass accent is a little less polished than Kate Middleton's

The neutral English accent of received pronunciation has evolved into a new modern form spoken by Prince William while his wife the Duchess of Cambridge uses the more traditional version.

Written and recorded examples from the British Library


Was Received Pronunciation Ever Rhotic? People around the world associate Britain with non-rhoticity, the process whereby /r/ is dropped at the end of syllables such as ‘car‘ and ‘start.’ This impression largely stems from the fact that the non-rhotic Received Pronunciation (RP) was the standard for British English for years, and is still treated as such by many foreign language learners. But was RP always “r-less?”.