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3rd Jul '16 8:41:43 PM Doug86
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* As was pointed out in an episode of ''Series/{{QI}}'', the classical English pilot of the movies talks in this fashion because the actors who played them were almost invariably upper class fellows like David Niven. In RealLife, the RAF of WorldWarII drew most of their pilots from the middle and lower classes, but ask anyone to do an impression of an RAF pilot and they're practically guaranteed to attempt a Received Pronunciation "Tally-ho." 1/6 of the RAF's actual pilots were from the British Commonwealth (including India) and occupied and neutral countries such as Poland and Ireland (respectively) and so would have sounded (GASP) foreign.

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* As was pointed out in an episode of ''Series/{{QI}}'', the classical English pilot of the movies talks in this fashion because the actors who played them were almost invariably upper class fellows like David Niven. In RealLife, the RAF of WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII drew most of their pilots from the middle and lower classes, but ask anyone to do an impression of an RAF pilot and they're practically guaranteed to attempt a Received Pronunciation "Tally-ho." 1/6 of the RAF's actual pilots were from the British Commonwealth (including India) and occupied and neutral countries such as Poland and Ireland (respectively) and so would have sounded (GASP) foreign.
5th Jun '16 8:45:00 PM karstovich2
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Also consider that Europeans often learn this variety in school, especially at university, where RP is the standard. In other countries, like in Latin American ones, [[EaglelandOsmosis for obvious reasons]], learn American English, and others, like those from the Sinosphere (China, Japan, South Korea, etc.) [[GratuitousEnglish can't decide which one is the right one to teach.]] Interestingly, American English is more popular in Israel despite (or maybe because of) the British Mandate.

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Also consider that Europeans often learn this variety in school, especially at university, where RP is the standard.standard; the same is true in Africa, most of the Middle East, and in South and Central Asia. In other countries, like in Latin American ones, [[EaglelandOsmosis for obvious reasons]], learn American English, and others, like those from the Sinosphere (China, Japan, South Korea, etc.) [[GratuitousEnglish can't decide which one is the right one to teach.]] Interestingly, American English is more popular in Israel despite (or maybe because of) the British Mandate.
Mandate (or possibly ''because'' of it, although it's more likely that it has to do with the ''massive'' Jewish population in the US--until about 2000, there were ''more'' Jews in the US than in Israel, and even today the Jewish populations of the US and Israel are about equal--with which Israel has deep ties and--perhaps more to the point--it's a fair bet that any given Israeli has at least one American cousin or some such).
5th Jun '16 8:38:08 PM karstovich2
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Finally, it must be mentioned that both RP, and attitudes towards it, are inextricably tangled up with the British Class system, so the consequences of having it wax and wane with period and setting. In works set anywhere earlier than the 1950s, or within the confines of the upper classes, a character whose accent is just slightly wrong may well be treated like someone who showed up to interview for a middle-management position wearing a stained Che Guevara T-shirt and flip-flops; conversely, in something set in an inner city sink estate, breaking out any version of RP might be seen as - linguistically - chumming the water for sharks.

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Finally, it must be mentioned that both RP, and attitudes towards it, are inextricably tangled up with the [[UsefulNotes/ATouchOfClassEthnicityAndReligion British Class system, class system]], so the consequences of having it wax and wane with period and setting. In works set anywhere earlier than the 1950s, or within the confines of the upper classes, a character whose accent is just slightly wrong may well be treated like someone who showed up to interview for a middle-management position wearing a stained Che Guevara T-shirt and flip-flops; conversely, in something set in an inner city sink estate, breaking out any version of RP might be seen as - linguistically - chumming the water for sharks.
20th May '16 2:06:00 PM siberia82
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* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' attempts to explain why Xavier (who is American in the comics) has a Received Pronunciation accent. He is half-British, half-American (or alternately, he's fully British, but his family moved to the United States before World War II broke out in 1939), and his speech pattern was influenced by his posh English mother. It was later reinforced when he studied at the University of Oxford.
* Angel in the ''Film/WingCommander'' movie. Creator/SaffronBurrows tried a French accent for her first scene or two but quickly [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent gave it up as a bad go]].

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* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' attempts to explain explains why Professor Charles Xavier (who is American in the comics) has a Received Pronunciation accent. He is half-British, half-American (or alternately, he's fully British, but half-American,[[note]]his American descent is confirmed in ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' when he mentions his family moved to grandfather planting a tree on the United States before World War II broke out in 1939), Westchester estate[[/note]] and his speech pattern was influenced by his posh English mother. It was later reinforced when he studied at the University of Oxford.
* Angel in the ''Film/WingCommander'' movie. Creator/SaffronBurrows Saffron Burrows tried a French accent for her first scene or two two, but quickly [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent gave it up as a bad go]].
20th Mar '16 6:00:03 PM nombretomado
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* A very good non-British variant - call this I Am Very Northeastern American - comes from George Feeny, the high-school principal on the classic TGIF sitcom ''BoyMeetsWorld''. It's educated Bostonian - the voice actor William Daniels picked up when portraying JohnAdams in ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'' - but it sounded very peculiar in a modern American context, especially on a program where all the other characters' accents (except for the very {{Joisey}} [[TheMafia Mafia]]-like delinquents, of course) were either Californian or vaguely Midwestern. Equally oddly, Daniels was born in Brooklyn, New York!

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* A very good non-British variant - call this I Am Very Northeastern American - comes from George Feeny, the high-school principal on the classic TGIF sitcom ''BoyMeetsWorld''.''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. It's educated Bostonian - the voice actor William Daniels picked up when portraying JohnAdams in ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'' - but it sounded very peculiar in a modern American context, especially on a program where all the other characters' accents (except for the very {{Joisey}} [[TheMafia Mafia]]-like delinquents, of course) were either Californian or vaguely Midwestern. Equally oddly, Daniels was born in Brooklyn, New York!
18th Mar '16 8:23:30 PM Hossmeister
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5th Mar '16 9:10:41 AM SunGirl42
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* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'': Ahkmenrah speaks with an RP accent, explained in the film by the fact that he learned to speak English from Cambridge professors in the 1940s.
17th Feb '16 3:29:34 PM erforce
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag''. Edward Kenway, the game's protagonist, was originally planned to speak like this, but when MattRyan was cast they decided to keep his natural Welsh accent, and change Edward's nationality to match. This change is lampshaded in-game - as part of the game's meta-plot, Abstergo plans to re-dub Edward's lines with "a voice like JamesBond".

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* Averted in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag''. Edward Kenway, the game's protagonist, was originally planned to speak like this, but when MattRyan was cast they decided to keep his natural Welsh accent, and change Edward's nationality to match. This change is lampshaded in-game - as part of the game's meta-plot, Abstergo plans to re-dub Edward's lines with "a voice like JamesBond".Film/JamesBond".
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