cut-glass accent

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  • Ann O'Rack

    Senior Member
    UK English
    It would be a very clear and posh accent, upper-class and very precisely enunciated.

    The metaphor is probably to do with the very sharply defined edges of cut glass, I suppose. It is a well-understood expression in the UK (in my opinion) and gives a very clear idea of what the accent would sound like.


    Senior Member
    American English
    I agree with Ann's definition, although I'm thinking that the expression might be related to the speech of the aristocracy, since they were the only people in past times would could afford cut glass. Or it may be a happy coincidence that the expression has elements of both the sound and its users.
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