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The dialect of upper-class Brits has been considered a prestige dialect not only in the U.K., but also all over the English-speaking world. Even today, kitchen gadgets are often hawked on American T.V. by a native British English speaker.

But then as somebody said on twitter:

"British accents used to make one sound smart.

Now it’s just an indication of pathos."

Is the prestige of a dialect only reflective of the wealth and power of its speakers?

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