ok , right off the top this is not a troll … altho I can see where to some it may have a troll like appearance. 🙂
accents_________________is it only people from “away” that have accents?
Mrs. and I just spent the weekend in Hertfordshire, and Mrs. ( from Buckinghamshire ) had to translate for me a few times. I have never thought my accent to be that strong ( a bit of Canadian, a bit of not so proper Bostonian ), but it got so I was afraid to talk at all for the dead pan looks I was getting.
Maybe it was just me, or perhaps my dashing good looks that left people speechless?
Yes. We recognise people who don’t speak like our day-to-day contacts.
Tis funny how Brits who pride themselves on not having an accent, will suddenly pride themselves on having a nice English accent when they are in (say) the US.
They were just pulling your leg. There’s a strong tradition of “Let’s wind up the foreigner” in Hertfordshire. It’s even the County motto: “Be thou fromst Lands O’er the Sea, expect n’ery a welcome in St Albans”….Probably. Either that, or they were impressed by your todger hanging out of your trousers
I didn’t think there was much of an accent in rural Hampshire until I moved away, now it sounds really strong, loik. Pompey always sounded really strong to me, the way they go “dayn the tayn an’ rayn th’ranynabayt onna fuchan mudderboik” but after 13 years the bumkins (loik oi wuz) sound just as different.
I haven’t started saying “tidy see, is it?” yet. much.
It’s when accents mix that confuses people. I lived in New Zealand for a while and when i came home my accent was a strange mix of Brummy (where i’m from), Northamptonshire (where i went to uni) and Kiwi (where i lived). people really did not know what to make of it.
I also picked up all kinds of strange phrases the different area, saying “sweet as bro” to a bartender in the @rse end of Brum got me some very strange looks.