It doesn’t take a Professor Higgins of Eliza Doolittle fame to tell where you are in Britain with your eyes shut. Just use your ears. Every region has its own distinctive dialect. Even natives find it hard to understand each other!
Being a good socialist, George Bernard Shaw saw class differences too.
Here’s Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady:
Hear a Yorkshireman, or worse,
Hear a Cornishman converse.
I’d rather hear a choir singing flat.
An Englishman’s way of speaking absolutely classifies him.
The moment he talks he makes some other Englishman despise him.
In my historical novel The Miner & the Viscount Catherine Eliot is the gracious lady of the manor. She takes under her wing Mary, the former serving maid now married to the rascally Willy Bunt, and recruits her to help in her grand project of starting a village school. But first Mary must improve her English grammar and manner of speech. Catherine promises to teach her.
In this passage from Chapter 46 I read the amusing conversation between them.
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