Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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KELVINSIDE, n. The name of a residential district of Glasgow, used in such phrs. as a Kelvinside accent, to speak Kelvinside, etc., to denote a very affected, mincing and supposedly refined pronunciation of English, popularly said to be current in that area (Sc. 1901 Burns Chronicle 27). Gen.Sc. Sc. 1903  J. H. Millar Lit. Hist. Scot. 317:
A mincing and quasi-genteel lingo of their own (the sort of English known in some quarters as “Princes Street” or “Kelvinside”).
Sc. 1932  N. M. Gunn Lost Glen ii. ii.:
A thin, raffish woman about forty, fair and full of merriment and a Kelvinside-English accent (a source of considerable amusement to the Colonel).
Sc. 1935  Trans. Philolog. Soc. 8:
No one expects the Scottish short a (the vowel of lad, cat, man) to be fronted into e, unless in an unsuccessful attempt to imitate the Southern æ, as in the artificial variety of speech which has been called Kelvinside English.
Gsw. 1935  G. Blake Shipbuilders ii. i.:
She had started speaking Kelvinside too — her, out of a Partick fish-shop!

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