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Re: Where is your British accent from?
« Reply #30 on: February 21, 2019, 07:26:51 am »
but perhaps what's happening is that local accents are changing, rather than dying out? Also 'local' is becoming a non-geographic term, with 'communities' existing online and creating their own sub-cultures and slang.

I think you are right Harold and it is perhaps sub cultures that are far more important in defining how you speak (or how you want to be seen to be speaking) than locality and class as in the past. At least in the UK. I can't speak for anywhere else.
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Re: Where is your British accent from?
« Reply #31 on: February 21, 2019, 12:28:38 pm »

 Still closer than most Americans, who think I'm an Aussie ;D


Yes, they assumed that of me too, when I travelled over there regularly. I never did find out why either.  :banghead:

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Re: Where is your British accent from?
« Reply #32 on: February 22, 2019, 06:22:06 am »
I quite often get taken as an Australian when I go to the U.S. Especially the farther west I go.
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Re: Where is your British accent from?
« Reply #33 on: February 22, 2019, 06:29:22 am »
I quite often get taken as an Australian when I go to the U.S. Especially the farther west I go.

Same with me, Australian, New Zealander, South African. Back in 2002 I made a trip back to the old country (I'm from Poole but been in Western Canada since 1980) for the parents 50th anniversary and took in a few airshows while I was there. We went to the September Duxford show and while there I was talking with a vendor when he asked me (and the mrs) if we were Canadian -- 

Strangest one I got asked though was when I was working at the airport, I got asked if I was  --- Arabian -----   :o
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Re: Where is your British accent from?
« Reply #34 on: February 22, 2019, 06:31:07 am »

Strangest one I got asked though was when I was working at the airport, I got asked if I was  --- Arabian -----   :o

Someone was taking the .......................  :banghead:
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Re: Where is your British accent from?
« Reply #35 on: February 22, 2019, 06:37:57 am »

Strangest one I got asked though was when I was working at the airport, I got asked if I was  --- Arabian -----   :o

Someone was taking the .......................  :banghead:

Well I can get quite a good tan if I'm outside a lot, and at the airport that's where I was,  out on the airfield during the summers (construction season). My family has some Spanish heritage from centuries ago apparently --- which seeing as the Moors were in control of Spain previous to that and not too worried about inter-mingling ---  ;)
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Re: Where is your British accent from?
« Reply #36 on: February 22, 2019, 07:42:04 am »
Took the test,
answer: "Definitely not from around here are you? "
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An erstwhile colleague of mine called my accent "mid-Atlantic", which is appropriate as the 2 main influences (as in, the source of most of the English I hear) are the BBC and Hollywood...

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Re: Where is your British accent from?
« Reply #37 on: February 22, 2019, 09:47:32 am »
Carry On movies, Monty Python, and Vivian Stanshall.  ;) ;D
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Re: Where is your British accent from?
« Reply #38 on: February 22, 2019, 04:29:06 pm »
Carry On movies, Monty Python, and Vivian Stanshall.  ;) ;D

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Be carefull when trying to pick someone's accent.  Asking an Australian if they are from New Zealand (and vice versa) could be seen as a mortal insult and lead to violence.

When in New York I was once asked if I was Russian!?
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Re: Where is your British accent from?
« Reply #39 on: February 23, 2019, 02:39:25 am »

Be carefull when trying to pick someone's accent.  Asking an Australian if they are from New Zealand (and vice versa) could be seen as a mortal insult and lead to violence.


I used to be able to tell the difference, possibly still can ? Came in very useful when we had a new barmaid in the Blacksmith's many, many years ago, when all the staff tended to be Australian. The fact I asked her "which part of NZ are you from ?" got me a couple of dates  ;)
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Re: Where is your British accent from?
« Reply #40 on: February 23, 2019, 04:51:36 am »

Be carefull when trying to pick someone's accent.  Asking an Australian if they are from New Zealand (and vice versa) could be seen as a mortal insult and lead to violence.


I used to be able to tell the difference, possibly still can ? Came in very useful when we had a new barmaid in the Blacksmith's many, many years ago, when all the staff tended to be Australian. The fact I asked her "which part of NZ are you from ?" got me a couple of dates  ;)

Generally it all comes down to pronunciation.  If they are a Kiwi and they say "sex" , they mean the number "six".  If they say "chups" they mean "chips".  If they say, "fush", they mean "fish".  If they say "six", they mean "sex".   Just here to help, mate.  ;)   :thumbsup:
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Re: Where is your British accent from?
« Reply #41 on: February 23, 2019, 04:59:17 am »
Well just to come back to the dialect test a second. It showed me nicely as a 'solid' West Midlander with a hint of Lincolnshire ....which are probably the words I picked up on my mother's knee so to speak. So I'm fairly impressed with it's accuracy  <_<

I'm also glad to find that I'm not the only person to call a traffic roundabout a traffic island! :lol:

My daughter who is Derbyshire born and bred, but who has picked up odd words from her 'East End' mum and now lives in Bilston (my daughter that is!) had great fun with the test!
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Re: Where is your British accent from?
« Reply #42 on: February 23, 2019, 05:00:33 am »

Be carefull when trying to pick someone's accent.  Asking an Australian if they are from New Zealand (and vice versa) could be seen as a mortal insult and lead to violence.


I used to be able to tell the difference, possibly still can ? Came in very useful when we had a new barmaid in the Blacksmith's many, many years ago, when all the staff tended to be Australian. The fact I asked her "which part of NZ are you from ?" got me a couple of dates  ;)

Generally it all comes down to pronunciation.  If they are a Kiwi and they say "sex" , they mean the number "six".  If they say "chups" they mean "chips".  If they say, "fush", they mean "fish".  If they say "six", they mean "sex".   Just here to help, mate.  ;)   :thumbsup:

So what you're saying is that to get a date with a Kiwi barmaid, you need to be either a linguist or a mathematician.... :wacko:
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Re: Where is your British accent from?
« Reply #43 on: February 23, 2019, 08:14:49 am »
When in New York I was once asked if I was Russian!?
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Re: Where is your British accent from?
« Reply #44 on: February 23, 2019, 10:44:43 am »

Be carefull when trying to pick someone's accent.  Asking an Australian if they are from New Zealand (and vice versa) could be seen as a mortal insult and lead to violence.


I used to be able to tell the difference, possibly still can ? Came in very useful when we had a new barmaid in the Blacksmith's many, many years ago, when all the staff tended to be Australian. The fact I asked her "which part of NZ are you from ?" got me a couple of dates  ;)

Generally it all comes down to pronunciation.  If they are a Kiwi and they say "sex" , they mean the number "six".  If they say "chups" they mean "chips".  If they say, "fush", they mean "fish".  If they say "six", they mean "sex".   Just here to help, mate.  ;)   :thumbsup:

So what you're saying is that to get a date with a Kiwi barmaid, you need to be either a linguist or a mathematician.... :wacko:

Surely you have to be a cunning linguist...?  ;D