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Re: Oxbridge and Oxbridge accents

Posted by Bruce Kahl on January 21, 2002

In Reply to: Oxbridge and Oxbridge accents posted by Word Camel on January 21, 2002

: Where did the term "Oxbridge" come from? I'm also wondering if there is such a thing as an Oxbridge accent. I once introduced two Oxford graduates, whose accents mutated as they spoke into something very unlike the way either had spoken before, clipped, fast and rather hard-to-understand. Perhaps someone experienced in these matters could comment.

One entry found for Oxbridge.
Main Entry: Ox·bridge
Pronunciation: 'äks-"brij
Function: adjective
Etymology: Oxford + Cambridge
Date: 1960
: of, relating to, or characteristic of Oxford and Cambridge Universities -- compare PLATEGLASS, REDBRICK 2