The economic crisis may have a silver lining, with one expert on language studies saying the posh D4 accent may become a thing of the past because of the recession.
Language expert Terence Dolan believes that the “absurdly affected” accent will become outdated due to its association with wealth and the Celtic Tiger, and will probably disappear in the aftermath of the financial turmoil.
“The D4 accent is connected with wealth, so if you’re rich enough, you can pretend to be really rich through your accent,” he explained to Morning Ireland on RTE Radio One.
He explained that the accent is “affected” and not a natural speech pattern, dismissing the possibility that people simply “speak that way”.
“It’s people like that who actually put on ‘o’ vowels [and thus change the pronunciation of a Dart to Dort].”
Mr Dolan also discussed colloquial phrases like ‘Dubes’, saying that it is a “commercial word for shoes. Dubarry shoes are very famous for the young to use. It’s like the D4 accents, it’s a sign of style. The style of success, the style of being with it.”
As he prepares for the release of the third Hiberno-English dictionary, Mr Dolan explained that he often appeals to the public for popularly used colloquialisms.
“I have people writing from all over the country, especially women,” he said.
“Women are much better at men at this sort of thing, they’re much more sensitive to the way people speak.”