I'm listening to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJv9t80pufc&t=2m35s
"Ten Years Ago" is literally made up of pieces of several different accents. "Tee-un Yee-ahs Ago-uh"
Then every other "r" is said, until he gets to "contributuhs".
I might be mistaken but I think he also rhoticises his final "ls". I bet he also says "law" like "lawr".
"Fourth of July" turns into "Fowth of Joooo-lie" and then he says "articulate" perfectly normal.
"ways" -> "wuuh-ehs"
"know" -> sounds like Canadian "knoo"
"mortgage" -> "mow-gayj"
actually I almost can't predict how he'll pronounce one word to another, just when I start to think I got an ear for it, then he'll throw in something like "manufacturing"->"man-oo-fact-yoo-rin"
I have relatives as far afield as Arkansas trying desperately to get their kids into it, only to be disappointed when they don't and end up having to send their kids to Georgetown or UMB or something. It's apparently become quite selective.
Also, if you want to hear about it in the news, a few of the faculty from literature and a couple other departments are constantly on NPR. Which is interesting because since NPR is in D.C., you'd expect them to have more faculty from GWU and Georgetown. I think I hear "George Mason" on the radio at least once a week these days.
I looked up the rankings https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Mason_University
And apparently it's pretty solidly a Tier-1 school now. Kinda crazy, it used to just be this weird tier-3 local offshoot of UVA.
People in the NoVa area don't really seem to treat GMU the way they treat UVA or VTech or even VCU. I'm glad it's starting to be treated seriously. It's just odd seeing GMU cited more and more often as a serious research school in the same sentence as other more well-known universities when people in the NoVa university don't share that same level of respect.
My comments about rarely hearing GMU's name were more targeted towards how much I hear it in the news. I listen to NPR on a daily basis and broadcasters or guests on different shows frequently name studies from universities like Princeton and Yale and Carnegie Mellon but I've only started hearing GMU's name come up on non-University topics within the past month or so. I've heard studies cited by GMU in different fields cited 3-4 times this week already.
If they're growing their research arm, that can have a huge impact on the academic reputation of the school. It'll get them lots of name recognition.
But yeah, it definitely doesn't have the local reputation yet because we all remember it for what it used to be, a kind of community college that happened to offer 4-year programs.
I was really surprised when my relatives and friend's kids who are college aged started bringing it up in conversation about applications alongside of much more recognizable school name. I guess in the high-school guidance departments it's gotten quite a good name.
Times change I guess?
Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the
store: Six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese,
and maybe a snack for her brother Bob. We also need a small plastic
snake and a big toy frog for the kids. She can scoop these things into
three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.
Also you can find out a lot of old tongue twisters for English in elocution textbooks in 19th century from archive.org..
Awesome archive all the same!
* by location: http://eydes.de/UsrAA1E0667HF/index/li/li.html
* by words: http://eydes.de/UsrAA1E0667HF/index/wi2/wi2.html
* main page: http://eydes.de/UsrAA1E0667HF/index/
Before I noticed the biog I guessed he was ~70 (it says 69). Would have been great to have more biographical information - often you can hear a few accents in someone's speech and sometimes guess their geographical progression (in the UK at least).