Has Brighton got the most skilled practitioners of the "glottal stop" in the country?
Some years ago, perhaps before the ideal of BBC pronounciation had begun to lose favour with the middle classes, an English teacher told me that he thought the worse spoken English in the country was to be heard in Brighton. He had a theory that this might have its roots back in 1841 with the opening of the London to Brighton railway; the consequent interchange of population between London and the South Coast leading to a gradual melding of the Sussex & Cockney dialects, not to the benefit of either.
The above conversation sprung to mind recently in the vegetable aisle of ASDA when I overheard the question (which long familiarity enabled me to interpret): "Do we need any potatoes?".
Without resorting to the phonetic alphabet what I actually heard for the word "potatoes" was something like: "per?ay?ers"; where I have inserted "?'s" for the glottal stops.
This must have taken years of dedicated practice. Just try pronouncing "potatoes" without the "t's"!