Dean Frenkel, a public speaking and communication lecturer at Melbourne’s Victoria University, said “drunken Aussie-speak” was formed generations ago but has continued to be passed on to children by sober parents. Mr Frenkel said poor communication was “not related to class” but was evident among all sectors of Australian society. “The average Australian speaks to just two thirds capacity – with one third of our articulator muscles always sedentary as if lying on the couch; and that's just concerning articulation,” he wrote. “Missing consonants can include missing ‘t’s (impordant), ‘l’s (Austraya) and ‘s’s (yesh), while many of our vowels are lazily transformed into other vowels, especially ‘a’s to ‘e’s (stending) and ‘i’s (New South Wyles), and ‘i’s to ‘oi’s (noight).”Pure 100% nonsense. First, 'impordant' is not a "missing consonant". All English speakers reduce an aspirated voiceless stop to a brief voiced stop in running speech. Second, the elided Ls, or L moving to W, are also a natural process in many dialects. This clearly comes from London, not from alcohol. Third, I doubt that Aussies say "yesh" by itself. They may palatalize or flatten the S depending on the following vowel. Again perfectly normal in all dialects. (More to the point, Aussies never say Yes OR Yesh. They ALWAYS say Yeah, which sounds to American ears like Yair.) Fourth, the vowel changes are also from London, not from alcohol. In terms of tongue musculature, 'stending' takes the same effort as 'standing'. 'Wyles' takes MORE effort than 'Wales', because the tongue starts from a low /a/ instead of a mid /ɛ/. /ɔɪ/ takes MORE effort than /aɪ/ because the lips are rounded for /ɔ/. Vowels always shift over time and between dialects. There's no such thing as laziness in language. = = = = = BIG POINT: As fucking always, the supposed checking mechanism of peer review doesn't work. This Expert who works for a major university tosses a pile of instantly disproved nonsense, and nobody at the university stops him. Even worse, the Expert is violating "consensus" facts, which are basically correct in this subject. In the above disproof I was using orthodox "consensus" facts. So peer review doesn't enforce a good "consensus". It only enforces a satanic genocidal "consensus" like Global Warming. Peer review is mass murder. = = = = = SMALL POINT: The professor may be running parallel to a valid argument, without ever intersecting. You could argue that Aussies are consistently more casual and slangy than either Brits or Americans. Americans, especially west of the Appalachians, were strongly influenced by the Noah Webster tradition in schools. We try hard to be formal and 'correct', which usually ends up being hypercorrect. I don't detect this tendency among Aussies.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.