And if you’re curious why, Michelle Tsai chases down linguists who explain it pretty well. But one thing — John Judis notes in his biography of Buckley that his family noticed he had picked up a more British tone during his time in England as a youth. And his southern drawl wasn’t just influenced by southern parents — he spent a while in South Carolina as a boy too, and you could certainly hear it from time to time. We chatted a bit about Buckley on the podcast of America’s Future Foundation, Inside Washington Weekly.
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