A London accent versus ‘lazy speech’

Like Andy, Eileen has been a resident of Cressingham Gardens in Tulse Hill for many years. She grew up in Camberwell and has always lived in Southeast London. Eileen draws a clear distinction between an accent, such as her ‘South London’ one, and what she calls ‘lazy speech’: ‘A lot of people would say thatContinue reading “A London accent versus ‘lazy speech’”

‘Could be better, could be worse’

Ron is a churchwarden in a small village near Upminster in Essex together with Frank. Ron’s parents were from the East End, spoke with an East End accent, and Ron also spent his formative years in Hackney. However, when his family moved to Upminster in the 1950s, his accent changed, ‘because in those days thereContinue reading “‘Could be better, could be worse’”