The Beckhams have become 'posh'

Monday April 15, 2013

Victoria and David Beckham have become posher in recent years, a study claims.

Linguistics students at the University of Manchester came to the conclusion about David after studying videos of the footballer's interviews on since 2007.  They discovered the former Manchester United and England midfielder was less prone to dropping his Hs or using Cockney sounding vowel sounds.

In a separate video study, they found his fashion designer wife Victoria was posher than her "Posh" days in the Spice Girls as she was now more likely to pronounce the L at the end of words such as "all".

The final year students are studying how changing circumstances affect the way we pronounce words, under the guidance of linguistics lecturer Dr Laurel MacKenzie.

Student Naomi Proszynska said: "Our analysis shows that Posh's speech is definitely getting posher because of changes to her L vocalisation.

In 1997, her speech resembled what we associate with the classic 'Essex girl'. But by 2012, her speech no longer so strongly represented her Essex roots. We think this may be connected with the fact that she's forged a different career as a widely respected fashion designer."

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