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(Mental Floss)   When you mock someone's accent, you come off as an idiot. Not because you're being a jerk. It's because you're doing it wrong   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 154
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2013-07-29 06:27:32 PM
Or you're an effing billionaire.

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2013-07-29 06:52:34 PM
Headrine not velly funny.
 
2013-07-29 06:52:58 PM
Stewpid minky
 
2013-07-29 06:53:10 PM
Ah wern't gonna comment, but ahm afixin' ta mash down on this here enter key an say y'all don tak rat, nohow. Howzcum y'all be makin fun o aksinse?
 
2013-07-29 06:53:25 PM
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2013-07-29 06:54:03 PM
So we're speaking English incorrectly incorrectly.
 
2013-07-29 06:55:06 PM
Right right right
 
2013-07-29 06:55:49 PM
What about using accent as a synonym for dialect?
 
2013-07-29 06:56:03 PM
I'm Georgian and have never heard someone say "liketa". Maybe it's an Bama thing.
 
2013-07-29 06:56:07 PM
One of my daily coffee buddies is from the UK.  He'll start mocking the way we say things, both the accent and the terminology, so I just start doing the same thing back at him.  It's great fun.

/flapjacks are pancakes, not oat cakes, damnit.
 
2013-07-29 06:56:24 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Or you're an effing billionaire.

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The Wendy's ads - "Next is svimvear.  Very nice."  were done quite well, actually.  They either got lucky or had someone who knew Russian well on that.
 
2013-07-29 06:56:54 PM

Dragonflew: So we're speaking English incorrectly incorrectly.


yes you are. what we should be doing is speaking English precisely incorrectly correctly

/ @_@ whaaa?
 
2013-07-29 06:59:14 PM
I got told I have the same inflection as Loretta Lynn by a Time Warner customer service rep today so I'm getting a kick out of this thread....
 
2013-07-29 07:03:02 PM
I were't gun t'go off a'farkin, but then I hankered fer'a nappin' instead. I reckon I'll be regrettin' it later.
 
2013-07-29 07:04:07 PM
Accept? Perhaps I might have picked something up when I was in London a few whiffens past.
 
2013-07-29 07:05:15 PM

JasonOfOrillia: One of my daily coffee buddies is from the UK.  He'll start mocking the way we say things, both the accent and the terminology, so I just start doing the same thing back at him.  It's great fun.

/flapjacks are pancakes, not oat cakes, damnit.


The easiest way to acquire a new accent is by mocking it. He'll pick up the local accent he's been making fun of without realizing he's done it and his homies in the UK will laugh and laugh at him.
 
2013-07-29 07:06:10 PM
That's funny because when I was younger and told people where I was from, I'd often hear "That's funny, you don't have an accent."  I haven't heard that in a while, not because I've developed an accent, but probably more so that I haven't run across uneducated idiots who thinks everyone has an over-exaggerated accent.
 
2013-07-29 07:13:11 PM

gfid: That's funny because when I was younger and told people where I was from, I'd often hear "That's funny, you don't have an accent."  I haven't heard that in a while, not because I've developed an accent, but probably more so that I haven't run across uneducated idiots who thinks everyone has an over-exaggerated accent.


I have heard the same thing from people about how I don't have an accent. Those people are morans that don't seem to be aware of the entire state that exists above N.Y.C. Jerks
 
2013-07-29 07:17:11 PM
Perhaps the author should have brought up those lovable old Brits.  The English butcher English far more thoroughly than any other culture.
 
2013-07-29 07:18:28 PM
Hey Subby, stop using blaming me for something I did not do!
 
2013-07-29 07:19:00 PM

talkertopc: What about using accent as a synonym for dialect?


It's more properly a patois.
 
2013-07-29 07:19:01 PM

gfid: That's funny because when I was younger and told people where I was from, I'd often hear "That's funny, you don't have an accent."  I haven't heard that in a while, not because I've developed an accent, but probably more so that I haven't run across uneducated idiots who thinks everyone has an over-exaggerated accent.


Likewise, as a suburban middle-class kid 20 miles west of Boston, I've heard "I though you'd talk like the Kennedys".
 
2013-07-29 07:19:44 PM
Being from Minnesota, I occasionally get requests from my out of state clients / contacts to do a "Fargo" accent (like most Twin City residents, I have one, but it's not nearly as thick as those found in the rural areas).

When I really turn it on though, I'm told I do an awesome Jerry Lundegaard.

/ "Ok then, I'll fax those right on over to ya."
// "Real good!"
 
2013-07-29 07:23:03 PM
Ho Ree Fuk!
 
2013-07-29 07:23:13 PM

BlousyBrown: I have heard the same thing from people about how I don't have an accent. Those people are morans that don't seem to be aware of the entire state that exists above N.Y.C. Jerks


Once I started moving around the state I started picking up a knack for just what exit off the Thruway someone is from. And on Long Island I can usually guess what school district they grew up in or the next one over.

/no such thing as New York accent anymore anyway though
 
2013-07-29 07:23:20 PM
One southern phrase that hurts my ears is "used to could."

Can you do a split?

Not anymore, but I used to could.

ouch
 
2013-07-29 07:25:25 PM

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: gfid: That's funny because when I was younger and told people where I was from, I'd often hear "That's funny, you don't have an accent."  I haven't heard that in a while, not because I've developed an accent, but probably more so that I haven't run across uneducated idiots who thinks everyone has an over-exaggerated accent.

Likewise, as a suburban middle-class kid 20 miles west of Boston, I've heard "I though you'd talk like the Kennedys".


If you grew up 20 miles west of Boston, and didn't leave there long ago, you'd still have a very noticeable accent.

/grew up 35 miles west of Boston
//still have traces of the accent, 20 yeahs laytah.
 
2013-07-29 07:25:37 PM
What about "axe" instead of "ask"?
 
2013-07-29 07:27:26 PM
a sad day when one can not mock sister kissers and cousin lovers, ya'll
 
2013-07-29 07:30:10 PM
Man the brits will never get over Dick Van Dyke.

OK we get it, he was bad.

Just let it go.
 
2013-07-29 07:32:03 PM
I bin a-hootin' and a-hollerin' 'bout this here that it likta give me the vapors.......
 
2013-07-29 07:32:05 PM

Debeo Summa Credo: ThatGuyFromTheInternet: gfid: That's funny because when I was younger and told people where I was from, I'd often hear "That's funny, you don't have an accent."  I haven't heard that in a while, not because I've developed an accent, but probably more so that I haven't run across uneducated idiots who thinks everyone has an over-exaggerated accent.

Likewise, as a suburban middle-class kid 20 miles west of Boston, I've heard "I though you'd talk like the Kennedys".

If you grew up 20 miles west of Boston, and didn't leave there long ago, you'd still have a very noticeable accent.

/grew up 35 miles west of Boston
//still have traces of the accent, 20 yeahs laytah.


Wista? Besides, the accent is more of a class thing for Boston. I am pure lace curtain
 
2013-07-29 07:33:27 PM

jigger: One southern phrase that hurts my ears is "used to could."

Can you do a split?

Not anymore, but I used to could.

ouch


Leaving aside that it sounds retarded, it's a more effecient use of syllables than "used to be able to" you must admit.
 
2013-07-29 07:34:26 PM
Being able to talk with an Australian accent == being an Australian or New Zealander

No wonder Australians are taking over your entertainment industry. Well, there's that and actually receiving a tertiary-level training in drama.
 
2013-07-29 07:35:40 PM

BlousyBrown: I have heard the same thing from people about how I don't have an accent. Those people are morans that don't seem to be aware of the entire state that exists above N.Y.C. Jerks


So you're from upstate NY, huh?

/Ducks
 
2013-07-29 07:36:45 PM
Hahaha verrrry funny.  Verrrrrrry funny.  I make a special won ton soup for you......
 
2013-07-29 07:37:30 PM
Here in Connecticut I have spoken with numerous people who use "for" in place of "so"

For example they might say : I am going to the store for I can get something to eat.
 
2013-07-29 07:39:43 PM
BTW subby, none of the three things discussed in the article are accents. They are, as TFA calls them in the freaking title, dialect issues.
 
2013-07-29 07:39:54 PM
You've got to be kidding me. I've been further even more decided to use even go need to do look more as anyone can. Can you really be far even as decided half as much to use go wish for that? My guess is that when one really been far even as decided once to use even go want, it is then that he has really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like. It's just common sense
 
2013-07-29 07:40:31 PM

JasonOfOrillia: One of my daily coffee buddies is from the UK.  He'll start mocking the way we say things, both the accent and the terminology, so I just start doing the same thing back at him.  It's great fun.

/flapjacks are pancakes, not oat cakes, damnit.


I had the opposite experience a few months back. I was working at a charity function, attempting to get people to buy some tickets for some shiat or other and this woman, who had been drinking, starts effecting what I took to be her attempt at my accent. Now I'm Scottish and she was weaving from posh English to Cockney so it wasn't a very good impression. Nevertheless, she kept it up for quite a while, which was somewhat disconcerting. Eventually, much later, she apologized (realized we both had kids in the same grade at same school) but it was an odd aural assault from someone in an aggressive manner.
 
2013-07-29 07:42:19 PM
I grew up in South Jersey. I am so glad that I learned to speak English by emulating the presenters on PBS instead of from the people in South Jersey.

/I want a glass of wooder.
 
2013-07-29 07:42:24 PM
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2013-07-29 07:44:31 PM
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2013-07-29 07:44:52 PM
I'm from Southeastern MA, Right on the RI border... It's a pretty strong accent. A Boston accent that's more guttural than nasally.

I once worked at a call center for a national student travel agency and nothing made me laugh more than folks from Texas and other parts of the South telling me I had a funny accent.
 
2013-07-29 07:45:32 PM

RexTalionis: I grew up in South Jersey. I am so glad that I learned to speak English by emulating the presenters on PBS instead of from the people in South Jersey.

/I want a glass of wooder.


Do you sound like Gwen Ifill?
 
2013-07-29 07:45:54 PM

TomD9938: Being from Minnesota, I occasionally get requests from my out of state clients / contacts to do a "Fargo" accent (like most Twin City residents, I have one, but it's not nearly as thick as those found in the rural areas).

When I really turn it on though, I'm told I do an awesome Jerry Lundegaard.

/ "Ok then, I'll fax those right on over to ya."
// "Real good!"


"The heck ya mean?!?"
 
2013-07-29 07:46:25 PM

meat0918: What about "axe" instead of "ask"?



That's simple metathesis.
 
2013-07-29 07:49:37 PM

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2013-07-29 07:50:18 PM
The locals here in Salisbury, NC love to use "come" instead of "came" and "blasedy blasedy" instead of "blah blah."
 
2013-07-29 07:51:37 PM

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: "The heck d'ya mean?!?"


FTFY.

/ dontcha know...
 
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