Public Radio International has provided us with this breaking news:
"It looks like the distinctive, almost-rolling "R" may be dissapearing [sic] from the Scottish accent.
Eleanor Lawson is a sociolinguist at the University of Glasgow and
Queen Margaret University (QMU) in Edinburgh and has conducted research
on the phenomenon.
In words like "car," "cart," and "first," speakers are no longer
using the typical "rhotic r" but pronouncing the word more like a
British or Anglican English speaker."
I wonder what the Anglican Church has to do with it.
BTW: The two journalists (or whatever they're called) seem to have a cavalier attitude towards spelling.