Dort Is the of the End D4 Accent; ENGLISH PROFESSOR PREDICTS POSH DUBLIN ACCENT IS ON WAY OUT AS IT REPRESENTS RUIN AND NOT RICHES, AFTER THE CRASH
Byline: PAT FLANAGAN
THE dreaded D4 accent is set to go the way of the Celtic Tiger as it is linked to the crash, a leading professor predicted yesterday.
The D4 drone will soon become silent as those who use it represent ruin instead of riches.
English professor Terence Dolan said those who now take the "dort" will instead have to catch the Dart and if they miss that, they will take the car and not the "cor".
Launching the third edition of his Hiberno-English dictionary, Prof Dolan said added that the recession has spawned many new words.
But he said the good news is the D4 accent, used by the likes of Ross O'Carroll Kelly, is on the way out.
Prof Dolan added: "The D4 accent is connected with wealth. If you are rich enough you can pretend to be really rich through your accent.
"It's a different line of signalling, how good you are in society, or posh.
"It's an affected form of speech - O vowels 'my cor, my fother'."
He said Irish people have added greatly to the English language but he will not be sorry to see the end of the D4 accent.
He added: "You go to Longford, you go to Cavan and you get the D4 accent.
"Even in Roscommon I've come across it. It's the vowels above all. People like that try to give the impression they are from the Home Counties of England.
"They think that's the style they should be adopting. Not just in their clothing but in their speech as well."
Meanwhile, new words to make the dictionary include Bertie Speak, Galway Tent and Circling Shannon.
While many of them are not in a normal dictionary, they make perfect sense to Irish people. …