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“Phony-British ‘Announcer Speak'” and the Penn Museum


By: Lee Roueche

“Phony-British ‘Announcer Speak’” You’ve definitely heard it before. The style, colloquially known as “announcer speak” but categorized as Mid-Atlantic English by linguists, is characteristic of a past era when radio was the dominate medium and newsreels played before films in theaters. Two recent articles posted to The Atlantic’s website asked readers about this “phony-British announcer speak” wondering “Who Was the Last American […]

Retro Mashup International

By: Kate Pourshariati

Live from the Archives! Film series is announced, with its inaugural screening on March 15th, 2012.

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