Re: Avoiding becoming the English Medical Journal
Monolingual but unequal, and fluent but incongruent, British and Yankee accents are poetic but diametrically metrical. Brits prefer iambic meter (unstressed-stressed), while Yanks prefer trochaic meter (stressed-unstressed). Take for example, the two words "corollary" and "controversy". Brits say co-ROL-la-RY and con-TROV-er-SY, while Yanks say COR-ol-LAR-y and CON-tro-VER-sy. British iambs and Yankee trochees convey accents with both cadence and character. Brits sound cultured, but Yanks sound common, because iambs sound lambent, but trochees sound truculent. Accents are poetic, and prosody is noetic.
Competing interests: No competing interests