A term often used
by people in North America to describe the middle class or Recieved Pronounciation accent featured
on American television
and cinema. Its used
by the sorts of people who represent Britain abroad in the UK like
Tony Blair or Hugh Grant.
This accent is probably
spoken by a small minority of Britons, and whenever the topic
of British accents comes up theres always somebody
the south of England who praises the accents of the Midlands or the North, however
these accents have no credibility outside
their own regions and everybody knows it.
Context in American cullture:
The 'bad guy' in American entertainment very often has a british accent like
the X Men villain played by Ian McKellan
or many of the characters portrayed by Anthony Hopkins. In recent years however
, this accent has been seen by American girls as 'cute' when sported
by persons like
Jude Law, Orlando Bloom
or Kiera Knightly. Since this culture emerged it has been exploited endlessly
by lonely British private school boys who wish to use their accents to get laid, most notably
seen in Love Actually where
the character Colin ends up in bed with
Elisha Cuthbert and other American girls.