The Economist | Cawfee break https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2020/09/19/pride-prejudice-and-the-story-of-new-york-english?frsc=dg%7Ce
The most effective form of birth control known to man, said Lewis Grizzard, is a Bronx accent.
In many countries, the speech of the grandest or most powerful city is the most prestigious—think of Parisian French. Yet many Americans despise the accent of their country’s biggest city. New Yorkers don’t care. Mr Labov introduced the idea of “covert prestige”: that even derided accents and dialects have a value to their speakers, as a key to their identity and a store of values and connections. New Yorkers may sometimes sound as if they hate each other. Deep down they know they live not in the capital of the United States, but of the world.