I'm still in the land of 'yesterday' when it comes to the spoken word. As yet I'm still pronouncing 'absolutely' with a 'b', and not, as has been fashionable for a while, 'p'. Now I'm having to come to terms with 'had' being pronounced as, 'hat'. And, to put me squarely in the past tense, I don't use 'yes' (or 'yeah') as a question, as most folk seem to be doing: Eg: We'll go down town, 'yeah'? To make matters worse, I still can't get the hang of glottal-stopping, and, in my quaint old-fashioned way, pronounce, 'exciting' as it's written instead of 'Ex...i...ing'. Is it time for me to retire to a quiet place of refuge, eg: a monastery?