Why has the -er ending to words become -ah?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Globalti, 9 Apr 2010.

  1. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    It irritates the hell out of me.... kids don't say mother any longer, they say mothah. Father = fathah. Weather = weathah. Even whatever has become whatevah. It sounds yobbish and slovenly, where did it come from?
  2. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    Probably from estuary English, an accent which seems to grate horribly on the ears of anyone who doesn't speak it.
  3. peah group pressuha :tongue:

    I blame 'Neighbours' and 'Eastenders' for a lot of this youthful adaptation, yeh?
  4. Cubist

    Cubist Still wavin' Moderator

    Ovver 'thill
    Yep, "whatevah", when spoken out loud will take you straight to the set of Albert Square.....

    This erosion of standards started many years ago when the BBC made the mistake of allowing regional and provincial accents to be heard on the air. Immitation by the children exposed to this lack of standards in annunciation and grammar has meant that we have turned into a country of slovenly speakers. I despair, as I was telling my daughter Chelsea-Siobhan only yesterday during the Jeremy Kyle show....
  5. snapper_37

    snapper_37 Barbara Woodhouse's Love Child

    That's normal accent in some areas of the country. Ahem. I won't botha ya with the details though. :tongue:
  6. OP

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I will nevvah, evvah, speak like vat. Evvah.

    It's not estuary English - Michael Caine doesn't speak like that, does he? I think it's hip hop culture, same as wearing your pants halfway down your arse.
  7. A riotous day beckons, exploring the strangeness of influence! Penitentiary dress, with no belt, as a symbol of 'liberty' and 'individuality' :tongue: which strikes me as similar to the plethora of camouflage trousers striding along Camden High Street. I suppose the Kings Road, and the Beatles with their 'soldier' outfits were the precursors of non-army armies?

    "Get fell in, you lot" gives way to "get felon-u look" - ah, love the language! :blush:
  8. Haitch

    Haitch Flim Flormally


    My son, aged 14, does this. On his way to school in the winter, he slipped on the ice, fell off his bike and ripped his jeans. When I asked him why he had come home to change trousers he said, "People can see my underpants through the rip". :tongue:
  9. Wigsie

    Wigsie Nincompoop

    Its the OMGI (O My God Innit) Generation!

    Have recently been doing some mentoring to a group of marketing students at a sixth form college and the spoken word is like a different language sometimes!

    And I am 32! not been long since I was 'down wiv da kidz' myself, I was not expecting to be disgusted by the youf of today untill I was at least 60!
  10. Mark_Robson

    Mark_Robson Senior Member

    I have two kids, a boy twelve and a daughter ten. My son is not bothered by peer pressure at all and still writes and speaks good english, my daughter on the other hands lives on Facebook and MSN and writes and speaks text speak and it irritates the life out of me. When she sends me a text I have to read it at least twice before I manage to translate it.
    I sound like my dad here, but I blame TV.
  11. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    middle of Norfolk
    Itz da gangsta speek. Innit.
  12. Ricky Baby

    Ricky Baby New Member

    I think tagging words with ah at the end is a feature of the Mancunian accent.
  13. rusky

    rusky CC Addict

    Catherine Tate didn't help things!

    Do people on here have the urge to run up behind a yoof with their trousers (not pants, that would be an americanism!) half way down their arse & yank them down :girl:
  14. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    middle of Norfolk
    Nothing wrong with having an accent. There is, however, a problem when the accent is either so strong that it renders communication impossible in any practical way or when the accent isn't a genuine accent but is more of an affectation, spoken because it's the latest thing...
  15. rusky

    rusky CC Addict

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