2019-11-01 23:27:10 UTC
How did US English sound way back? A friend sent me this sample:
Eleanor Rossevelt on What's My Line in 1953:
Readily understandable to anyone who can follow US TV today. Whether
it's identical to today's US English is a more difficult question.
At 16:37, a man says "I would think so" where I'd say "I should think so."
Has the latter not been used in US English for a very long time?
At 29:34, Roosevelt is pronounced with [o:]. I've heard [ro:***@vElt]
from one who'd be nearing 80 if he were alive. Some younger people
say [oU] and sometimes elide the schwa before [v].
This Wpost article claims that Teddy R and FDR's surnames were pronounced
This says that Teddy described his own pronunciation of it as 3
syllables starting with <rose>.