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 Who gets on your nerves ......? 
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Post Who gets on your nerves ......?
... which character/characters irritate you so much that you desperately want to strangle them, or more mildly, improve/amend them?

The one I find so irritating and which has been brought up in other threads is Thomas Kydd and the way Julian Stockwin continues to have him speak in what, I assume, is a local Guildford accent/dialect.

When I first read Stockwin, it didn't bother me, but progressively, book after book, Kydd continues on in the vernacular. Now that he is an officer, and presumably, a gentleman, will his speech improve to something more suiting, I wonder. In the latest in the series, he is still speaking just the same. I find it so irritating to read. Many of the Scots officers in novels are not laboured with " ...d'ye ken ..." etc, so why Kydd? :cry:


PS - I do realise that regional accents are not lost altogther, and in Nelson's written word his Norfolk dialect shows through.

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