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Sunday, 14 October 2007
William Dalrymple, Received Pronunciation, and "Okkident"
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If you click on this link to the debate (Ibn Warraq, Aronovitch, Murray vs. Glass, Ramadan, Dalrymple) you can hear William Dalrymple quoting, and misunderstanding, and misapplying, a statement by the historian of the Crusades Stephen Runciman. Fifty minutes and 31 seconds (51:31) into the debate,  Dalrymple quotes Runciman on the interaction and fusion and so on "between Okkident and Orient." You heard right. Okkident.

As the Italians say: Accidenti.

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Posted on 10/14/2007 1:22 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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14 Oct 2007
Hugh Fitzgerald

Thoughts of phonetician Daniel Jones (hereinafter Jones #2) likely put you in mind of the respectful-affectionate name attached to Sir William Jones (hereinafter Jones #1)--that is, "Oriental" Jones -- and thoughts of both Jones #1 and Jones #2 prompted your suggested "Okkident" Dalrymple.

I suggest a slight addition so that homoeoteleuton may secure the intended comical echo.

"Oriental" Jones. And "Okkidental" Dalrymple.



14 Oct 2007
Paul Blaskowicz

You heard right. Okkident.

I thought I'd misheard okkident, so rewound a couple of times.  I then wondered if it was an academic or possibly Anglo-Indian variant, checked all my dictionaries and the bible of received pronunciation, Everyman's English Pronouncing Dictionary by the greatest-ever English phonetician, Daniel Jones.  Nowhere is okkident mentioned. 

Let Dalrymple henceforth be known as Okkident Dalrymple