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The Mid-Atlantic, or Transatlantic, accent describes a version of the English language that is neither predominantly American nor British in usage however has characteristics of both. It is an acquired accent that was developed during the 1930s-40s for the use of theatre, film and radio programmes. It was intended to sound like a blend of American and British English in order for actors to have a uniform accent mutually intelligible to both North American and British people. The accent’s overall use sharply declined following the Second World War. More generically, the term ‘Mid-Atlantic accent’ refers to any accent with a mixture of American and British characteristics.