Recently visited a good friend of mine whose job has taken him to the Midlands; despite the grinding poverty and socio-cultural deprivation of the area, he and his young family are doing well. However, I couldn’t help but notice that his eldest daughter (3) has inherited a horribly debilitating speech impediment from her mother - she pronounces words like “bath” and “class” with a short “a”, like what they do in the t’up t’north of England. The girl’s father is, like me, of good southern stock, so it must be absolutely mortifying for him; but it seems as if the defective gene wins out in cases like this.
I’m sure resident linguistics expert LZ will back me up when I state categorically that no research WHATSOEVER into this has ever been conducted; so in the name of science, and in order to determine the demographic / probable wealth and good looks of you, gentle reader, I’d like you to tell me which side of the isogloss you fall, by means of voting in the latest Very Poll.
(NB 1 - Since this is such a ground-breaking and scientifically vital study, I’ve taken the unprecedented step of disabling the “Couldn’t Give a Toss” feature.)
(NB2 - If you’re Americo-Canadian and that, I assume that your life-chances aren’t damaged in the same way by having a short “a” as they are over here.)