UK dialects 'strong and varied'

Regional dialects in the UK are holding their own in spite of fears the South East accent, or Estuary English is taking over, a BBC survey suggests. The BBC Voices project found more than 700 ways of describing playing truant, including "nick off" in northern England and "mitch" in south Wales. Its website survey of 32,000 people also found 480 expressions for "cold". Mick Ord, the project's director, said there were far more accents now than there used to be.

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