Re: old english accent was closer to American southern accent
When I was working in primary schools in North Somerset and Devon I used to love seeing the wee ones teaching themselves to spell. Two of the most common spelling variations I witnessed were "sor" for "saw" and "warter" for "water", because that's what the children heard coming out of their own mouths when they sounded those words out.
Reminds me of that early Beatles recording of Meredith Willson's "Till There Was You," with Paul McCartney singing:
There were birds in the sky
But I never sore them winging
No, I never sore them a-tall
Till there was you.
Funny thing is, we don't usually associate that pronunciation with a scouse accent.
“All the universe or nothingness. Which shall it be, Passworthy? Which shall it be?”