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23 September 2011

I have an accent? It's been pointed out by a few people over the past year that I have slowly adopted a strange RP-British-Midwestern American accent that's thick enough to cause people to ask where I'm from. [More:]

I blame the months in England and the British husband but apparently it came into being last year and I can't hear it but people who haven't heard from me in like 3 yeas are all 'Wow John you sound totally, completely different" and I'm not sure how that happened or how I should feel about that. Having heard myself, unless I'm making an effort to sound Mid-Atlantic American OR lightly accented British, the result is a weird campy mishmash., although I have been told it's more my vocabulary that throws people off, so there is that.

Language is weird you guys.
I'd hate to think I'm being unconsciously pretensions.
posted by The Whelk 23 September | 20:44
Be consciously pretentious!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 23 September | 20:54
the British husband

Ding ding ding! I would bet on this as the largest factor.
posted by Elsa 23 September | 20:55
If he's drunk he goes all Yorkshire and I learn all my favorite insults!
posted by The Whelk 23 September | 20:58
If he's drunk he goes all Yorkshire

posted by Elsa 23 September | 21:01
posted by The Whelk 23 September | 21:08
(And then I got all giggly.)
posted by Elsa 23 September | 21:10
Which lead to a very funny situation where I was translating for my Mom when she tried to order chicken and chips in Leeds.
posted by The Whelk 23 September | 21:10
"nhewany?" "He means how many" "Oh, just one" "jut unease"

posted by The Whelk 23 September | 21:12
Welcome to my world, Whelkie-poo. I am one of those people who spent years trying to fit in, only to discover that my attempts were actually cause for amusement for others. It took me thirty-odd years to figure out that I'm happy not being from one place or another (although I don't come off in English as well as I do in another language), so I really know what you mean. I've used British-isms with Americans and sounded like a dork, and American-isms with British (or their current colonials) and sounded like a twat. Take your fekking pick.
Welcome to the proud world of sounding like an idiot. You are now one of Our Own.
posted by msali 23 September | 22:11
I come from an island in the middle of the Atlantic where American and Briticisms are equally found.
posted by The Whelk 23 September | 23:10

He's a lovely gentleman, and quite disarming. =)
posted by Eideteker 24 September | 06:33
You and your hubby need to get drunk and teach us some of your favorite insults!
posted by moonshine 24 September | 14:07
And post it on YouTube, okthxbai.
posted by deborah 24 September | 16:37
Jonathan Harris: I'm not British, just affected.
For those living under a rock for lo these many decades he played Dr. Zachary Smith on Lost in Space.
posted by Splunge 25 September | 07:47
Ironclaw: A Bestiary || So good...