The first English people to colonize the land that would become the United States came over in 1607, and they brought the English language (and accent) with them. But if you're picturing a bunch of Pilgrims talking like Benedict Cumberbatch only to have their descendants talk like Keanu Reeves, then we've got news for you: The modern American accent is a lot closer to how English used to be spoken than the British accent is.
To R or Not to R
Missing Rs in the United States
Written by Reuben Westmaas June 18, 2018
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