On Fri, 14 Feb 2020 08:37:38 -0800 (PST), Spains Harden
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Is it hyper RP or something?
You ask, "Why is Basil Fawlty parodying Lord Melbray's pronunciation
I don't hear it as a parody; both men pronounce the word in their normal
I see - a hotel owner is asked "are you full" and he says three times "no we are not full" with exaggerated emphasis on "full" and it is not parody.
He is just being his usual obnoxious self.
Yes. The conversation, like the rest of the show, is spoken for comedic
If there is any parody it is of the style of a real hotel owner John
Cleese and Connie Booth had seen in action and whose behaviour inspired
the creation of Fawlty Towers.
A definition of "parody" is:
An imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre
with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect.
I'm not sure that they needed to exaggerate the real hotel owner's
behaviour. It was probably just a matter of creating a comical version
And a general point about BrE (and other) accents - there are many. And
pronunciation varies between people speaking in nominally the same
accent. If it didn't vary we couldn't recognise someone by his/her
Post by Spains Harden
The next excerpt of the rat
episode has: "You are getting my gander up you grotty little man!"
That's talking posh in England.
Peter Duncanson, UK