Sorry about that political divergence, followers! It was funny, it may happen again, but let’s get back to other historically related things, shall we? Just reblogged a gif-set from Downton Abbey relating to the Suffragette movement, and whatever shows up on my dash that’s relevant will be reblogged etc etc.
As for messages I haven’t responded to yet:
As I said, I’m working on my thesis and am super busy. I’m not ignoring you, and I will definitely respond to the requests in my request post and my inbox as soon as this beast is handed in. I haven’t deleted them, they’re still there, no worried!
And thank you for following my little place of historically humorous veneration!
I'm actually relatively sure that he actually did post that one. There have been a few fake posts about him, but I remember when this comment was first made. I rememberJon Stewart ranted on it.I might just be crazy though.
See previous response about not putting anything past Santorum and deleted tweets.
I don’t remember John Stewart ranting on it, but if it was a while ago I may have missed it.
But honestly, unless someone feels like sending me a definitive source as to whether this is fake or not, I’m probably not going to reply to any more of these. Again, not the purpose of this blog. I am not a frequent bedfellow with politics. But thank you for this possible information!
Supposedly, if you actually look through Santorum's tweets, he did /not/ post that. It's a fake. Also, why on earth would a politician use a hashtag like that?
I mean you’re probably right, but it’s not as if he and other politicians haven’t deleted tweets before. I won’t get started on how I’m pretty sure what most politicians would do doesn’t apply to Santorum, because not only am I not well-versed in how to talk about Politics but this is also not the purpose of this blog.
I just reblogged it because it was funny in a history-related way.
Qiu Jin wore masculine attire before the Qing Dynasty and system of imperial rule fell (in other words, during a time when traditional Confucian values about women’s proper place were still dominant). She made war with the emperor and was beheaded. She’s touted as China’s first feminist…but perhaps we could even say she’s proto-genderqueer? I snagged this photo from the wonderful book Chinese Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination, 1905–1948 by Yan Haiping. So good.
Americans in 1776 did have British accents in that American and British accents hadn’t yet diverged. That’s not too surprising.
What’s surprising, though, is that those accents were much closer to today’s American accents than to today’s British accents. While both have changed over time, it’s actually British accents that have changed much more drastically since then.
First, let’s be clear: the terms “British accent” and “American accent” are oversimplifications; there were, and still are, innumerable constantly-evolving regional British and American accents. What most Americans think of as “the British accent” is the standardized Received Pronunciation, also known as “BBC English.”
While there are many differences between today’s British accents and today’s American accents, perhaps the most noticeable difference is rhotacism. While most American accents are rhotic, the standard British accent is non-rhotic. (Rhotic speakers pronounce the ‘R’ sound in the word “hard.” Non-rhotic speakers do not.)
So, what happened?
In 1776, both American accents and British accents were largely rhotic. It was around this time that non-rhotic speech took off in southern England, especially among the upper class. This “prestige” non-rhotic speech was standardized, and has been spreading in Britain ever since.