=*ere are some ,*o act#a$$y $ike t*e o#ntry dia$ects ,*ic* State ed#cation issystematica$$y destroying. =*ere are some ,*o act#a$$y -refer t*em )
.% t*ose“of S#sse4 or S#ffo$k to t*e ockney dia$ect ,*ic* State ed#cation issystematica$$y s-reading....7mong t*e eccentric reactionaries )$ike /...,*o *ave act#a$$y observed t*is )$eve$ing c*ange ,it* regret% a f#rt*er andmore c#rio#s fact *as been remarked more t*an once.....&n s*ort% t*is)red#ctive% $eve$ing% ockney sort of t*ing is not a variation or a form of varietyG on t*e contrary%
it is an inabilit" to see that there is an" variet"
. &t isnot a difference in t*e sense of distinction )amongst ot*er dia$ects%
it is asudden $ailure in the po%er to &ae an" distin(tion
. ?*atever is distinctmay -ossib$y be disting#is*ed )and% as t*e c$ear5minded Sc*o$astics #sed tosay@ “t*e o--osite of
. !353'(7s is *is ,ay% and in *is $ongstanding combat against Hebet#de% o#r *esterton ,i$$ grad#a$$yno, take #s f#rt*er into t*e dee-er menta$ and c#$t#ra$ im-$ications@#t t*e )red#ctionist and $eve$ing c*ange *ere in I#estion is somet*ing
&u(h&ore $or&less and &u(h &ore $or&idable
t*an anyt*ing t*at co#$d arisefrom t*e most #nco#t* or #n$#cky of $oca$ or r#stic accents.
It is a (ertain losso$ sharpness
% in t*e ear as ,e$$ as t*e tong#eG
not onl" a $lattening o$ thespee(h) but a deadening o$ the hearing
. 7nd t*o#g* it is itse$f a re$ative$ysma$$ matter% es-ecia$$y as com-ared ,it* many -ara$$e$ matters%
it is e*a(tl"this +ualit"
t*at makes it
s"&boli( o$ the so(ial proble&s o$ to,da"
. !3'(7$most t,o *#ndred years $ater% and going some,*at f#rt*er% & t*ink% t*an David H#me<s o,nfamo#s 1F essay “Jf t*e Standard of =aste% *esterton says@>or
one o$ the deepest troubles
of t*e day is t*is fact@ t*at somet*ing is beingcommended as a ne, taste ,*ic* is
si&pl" the (ondition %hi(h $indsever"thing tasteless
. &t is sometimes offered a$most as if it ,ere a ne, senseG b#t it is not rea$$y even a ne, sensibi$ityG
it is rather a pride in a ne%insensibilit"
. !3'(Boving no, into t*e rea$m of mora$s and manners% as ,e$$ as of n#anced -erce-t#a$ art% *eto#c*es #-on ot*er as-ects of ben#mbing nonc*a$ance+in t*e contrast bet,een vivacity and d#$$ness@?*en some o$d -iece of decor#m )% for instance% is abo$is*ed%...it is a$,ayss#--osed to be com-$ete$y #stified
-ust as dull in a((eptingthe inde(en("
as t*ey )-#r-orted$y ,ere in acce-ting t*e decency )
.% of t*eabandoned decor#m. &f it can be said t*at t*e grandc*i$dren “soon get #sed tosomet*ing t*at ,o#$d *ave made t*e grandfat*ers fig*t d#e$s )of *onor to t*edeat*% it is a$,ays ass#med t*at t*e grandc*i$dren *ave fo#nd a ne, mode of )better $iving....#t
the ps"(hologi(al $a(t
is e4act$y t*e ot*er ,ay. =*e2