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July 29, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(5):295. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450570053011

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The American voice is a common subject of criticism, though the critics are to a great extent guilty of the fault of estimating the whole by a part, and that it may be only an insignificant fraction. Taking as its text a paper by Dr. John W. Farlow, read before the American Laryngological Association, the British Medical Journal indulges in some characteristic remarks on the "mangled and outraged" English tongue in this country, and the bad habit of speech "which will never be corrected because patriotic Americans look upon it as one of their national institutions." We should infer that the editor has had but little intercourse with the better class of Americans, or that he has been a very poor observer and a rash and superficial generalizer. Admitting all our faults and that we have, perhaps, as a nation, a higher-pitched and less agreeable speech than the best English

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