Evolving English WordBank
nackhes; kveln; meshuga
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Evolving English recording booth, Central Library, Leeds
b. 1926, female
The Evolving English WordBank is a collection of words and phrases contributed by visitors to the British Library’s Evolving English exhibition in 2010/11 who were asked to submit a word or phrase they felt was somehow ‘special’ in their variety of English. Contributions to the WordBank include local, regional and vernacular forms and idiolectal expressions used within families or friendship groups, creating a snapshot of spoken English at the start of the 21st century.
Self-defined linguistic identity: North Manchester/Lancashire accent; vowels 'betray' grammar school education so 'tries to tone it down' but can talk 'real Lancashire' when necessary; works in business and finds it useful leveller with customers from area