from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pronunciation of British English, originally based on the speech of the upper class of southeastern England and characteristic of the English spoken at the public schools and at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Until recently it was the standard form of English used in British broadcasting.
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- proper n. The form of pronunciation of the English language traditionally spoken by the educated classes of the south-east of England, considered to be a standard and used as such in the pronunciation schemes of most British dictionaries. Abbreviation: RP
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- n. the approved pronunciation of British English; originally based on the King's English as spoken at public schools and at Oxford and Cambridge Universities (and widely accepted elsewhere in Britain); until recently it was the pronunciation of English used in British broadcasting
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It isn't faux rqyale, neither is it the Received Pronunciation derided by the British Left.