Tuesday, 16 November 2010


In London, England, they think of the black habit of saying "aksed" instead of "asked" as Black London Idiom. In fact, as revealed in the raved-about exhibition Evolving English at the British Library until April 6 2011, this idiom originated in south-west England - the rural counties of Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.

It was only later that, as Peter Watts' put it in a review of the exhibition on his blog, it "found its way to the Southern US states and the Caribbean through emigration, before returning to London via the West Indian diaspora."

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