If you’re a fan of the Golden Era of Hollywood and all those classic old movies, you’re probably familiar with the Mid-Atlantic accent (also known as the Transatlantic accent). It’s not quite British, and it’s not quite American. Characterized by soft British vowels and sharp T’s, this accent was everywhere in the early to mid 20th century (as evident by the clip from the 1940 Cary Grant romance, His Girl Friday). It’s a wonderful part of old movies that brings back memories every time we hear it. But, have you ever wondered why so many actors spoke that way? The answer might surprise you.
The history of this fascinating accent will have you riveted. Find out more in the following clip from BrainStuff. And, if you love Tinseltown history then be sure to check these makeup tricks of Old Hollywood right here.