I've been meaning to ask this question for a long time. Are people w/ an English accent more educated than everyone else? Are they more affluent and powerful? Do they have better taste? Are they more sophisticated, and exert more influence? Are they the uppercrust of society? The reason I ask these questions is that every tv or radio commercial (Lexus and Jaguar for example) that sells advertises an expensive item has as its pitch man/woman someone w/ an English accent. Why even in the Charlton Heston movie of the Ten Commandments, God himself speaks w/ an English accent out of the windstorm of fire - [english accent]Thou shalt not steal....[/english accent]. So even God speaks 18th century Elizabethan English before it even becomes a dialect of the spoken tongue. What's up w/ that? If an English accent is cool here in the states, a slack jawed yokell like myself doesn't have a chance.