UK Accents

What's your usual spoken accent?

  • Southern generic

    Votes: 44 28.0%
  • Southern London

    Votes: 19 12.1%
  • Welsh

    Votes: 7 4.5%
  • Midlands

    Votes: 19 12.1%
  • Northern (red rose)

    Votes: 12 7.6%
  • Northern (white rose)

    Votes: 16 10.2%
  • North-Eastern

    Votes: 15 9.6%
  • Scottish (Lowland)

    Votes: 13 8.3%
  • Scottish (Highland)

    Votes: 5 3.2%
  • Norn Iron

    Votes: 7 4.5%

  • Total voters
    157
We moved down to London when I was five so I have a London accent but say all the above words with the proper north of Watford accent like Andy Farman. Really used to get some strange looks at school and lead to me being asked if I was Scottish, Irish, tyke etc.

I am not ticking any boxes as Southern London makes it sound like I might be from south of the river.
Were you Plod or a Tick Tock if you know @Andy Farman
 
Growing up as a North Londoner I was vaguely aware of the slight differences between how I spoke and those south of the river, cockneys and Home Counties spoke.

But I could tell it was all related and had spawned from the same language.

It was only when I joined up that I realised what a mental country this is accent wise.

Take Manchester and Liverpool for example, two cities just a few miles apart and they speak completely differently. The two dialects are in no way similar.

Since moving to Cumbria I’ve noticed vast differences between what was Westmorland and what was Cumberland. The “marra” west Cumbrian accent is very distinctive and interestingly female marra is completely different to male marra. There is a lot of Irish influence (as with Scouse) from the imported workers.

Likewise Carlisle seems to have a distinctive blend of Cumberland and Westmorland with some Jock and even Geordie influences. Even just the variation in a single county is massive.

I recall some Westmorland farmers having “craic” in the pub a few years back and I genuinely couldn’t understand them. The conversation should’ve been recorded and put in a museum for future generations to hear.
I read the spoken text in GMFs "Quartered Safe Out Here" in a Geordie accent. Looking at the phrases and pronunciation used, if it wasn't for GMF stating that he was in the Border Regt., I would have sworn that he was in the DLI.
 
I put Welsh.

Actually, I speak with impeccable received pronunciation while going about my usual every day business. But at those rare times I am brought to anger, I revert to my mother tongue.

You wouldn't like me when I'm angry!

(oh and watching porn - iechyd da - da - dahhhhhrgghheurgghh... )



 
Grew up in West Auckland in County Durham. Briefly moved to Crook, about six miles away and they had a much broader Durham/Geordie accent.

A mate ended up in hospital and correctly identified the bloke in the next bed as coming from Cockfield (pronounced "Cock" and not "Co"), a village three miles away because he talked so slowly. People from West Auckland speak at about twice the speed of those from Cockfield.

Because West is in South Durham the accent is a bit bastardised. Over the years I've been mistaken, on numerous occasions, for Geordie, Yorkshire, Scots, Northern Irish, Welsh and even Scouse. A number of women have found the accent to be sexually attractive. God knows why as I regard the West Auckland and Bishop Auckland accent to be little better than a hideous screech, especially on the women.

I've lived in Dorset for 23 years now and I suspect that the accent has mellowed a bit. People at work were convinced that I had kept the accent, despite not going back for years, until I came in one Monday morning having met up with @AlienFTM over the weekend. I was speaking pure Pitmatic for a week.
 
Unless they are Austrians, then they think the other speakers of German are peasants.
Having had both an Austrian and German girlfriend I can say the accents are quite different. Austrian is more streamlined and smooth, German more harsh and broken. Generalisation there of course. Best not to even get in to the cultural divide. They pretend to like each other to foreigners. But let's face it, the people from the mountains in either country don't get on with the aristos in the citys from their own native country, so why should they like those across the border. An Austrian is as likely to profess comradeship with a Slovenian (just a mile across the border) or a Hungarian (just across the border) as they are a German 'prole'.

Austria is the 'heart of Europe' and they think of themselves as the most cosmopolitan of peoples. It's surrounded by 7 countries iirc. - the most in the whole of Europe - so they may have a point. They don't like to be pigeonholed with those pesky uncultured Germans. And what Germans think about Austrians?... Those uncouth potato pickers from the South? Best not to go there.

I found my other German girlfriend from the East (Dresden) to sound more like the Austrian one, than the other German one. They pronounce 'I' as 'Each' not 'Ich'. It was quite surprising the change in dialect. But then again, I'm ashamed to say after humble bragging about having such Teutonic beauties, I never got to speak the language at all. Their English went up a notch though.

Anyway, it all totally fell apart when I got a girlfriend from Belgium, who could speak not only English, but German and Dutch as well. Covered in spit! Didn't know where the **** I was.

Just pointing out the general bigotry and xenophobia of most people (it's not just me).

Why can't we all just get along?
 
Grew up in West Auckland in County Durham. Briefly moved to Crook, about six miles away and they had a much broader Durham/Geordie accent.

A mate ended up in hospital and correctly identified the bloke in the next bed as coming from Cockfield (pronounced "Cock" and not "Co"), a village three miles away because he talked so slowly. People from West Auckland speak at about twice the speed of those from Cockfield.

Because West is in South Durham the accent is a bit bastardised. Over the years I've been mistaken, on numerous occasions, for Geordie, Yorkshire, Scots, Northern Irish, Welsh and even Scouse. A number of women have found the accent to be sexually attractive. God knows why as I regard the West Auckland and Bishop Auckland accent to be little better than a hideous screech, especially on the women.

I've lived in Dorset for 23 years now and I suspect that the accent has mellowed a bit. People at work were convinced that I had kept the accent, despite not going back for years, until I came in one Monday morning having met up with @AlienFTM over the weekend. I was speaking pure Pitmatic for a week.
Cockfield accent is a bit special, grandfather from Cockfield Grandmother from Hartlepool (God help me). I spent early years with old folks in Staindrop before moving to Croft on the Yorkshire side of the Tees, my accent is a strange mix of South Durham & North Yorks but when I was last in UK up North I was told I sound Australian!
 

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I read the spoken text in GMFs "Quartered Safe Out Here" in a Geordie accent. Looking at the phrases and pronunciation used, if it wasn't for GMF stating that he was in the Border Regt., I would have sworn that he was in the DLI.
A curiosity of wartime allocation. My uncle Jack was posted to another battalion of Borders (2 iirc - it's Dark o'clock) also up the Irrawaddy, where he died, coincidentally 17 March 1944, the day before he turned 29. He's have been 104 yesterday. Even though he lived and worked in Harton, Co Durham.

The way me Mum explained it, had he been put in the DLI, he'd have been training too close to home. Reduced the likelihood of people running away. This is why his name's in the Borders Book of Remembrance and she stopped dragging my to Carlisle Cathedral after she'd found it open on his page.
 

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I put Welsh.

Actually, I speak with impeccable received pronunciation while going about my usual every day business. But at those rare times I am brought to anger, I revert to my mother tongue.

You wouldn't like me when I'm angry!

(oh and watching porn - iechyd da - da - dahhhhhrgghheurgghh... )
And everyone within a 100 yard radius gets covered in spit when welsh is spoken
 
I come from rural southern staffordshire and yet my accent is thrown in under the midlands catch all, that includes those awfull Birmingham/Wolverhampton Black country people and I cannot understand a word of their appaling dialect. Daddy empolyed one of the Black country types and he made a terrible mess of the stables horrid little fellow didnt know how to lime wash.
 
Talking to a colleague today, she (German, German-based, speaks perfect English) noted that the sheer variety of British accents was a marvel and a mystery to her. There were some she found easy and comfortable to make out, others which confused her and others yet which she found utterly unintelligible.
Despite it being distinctly different from Lancastrian, North-Eastern and that abortion spoken by the porridge-wogs, there's no entry for Cumbrian - marra.
 
Midlands? Which part?

Brum? Walsall?Coventry? Leicester? Derby? North Derbyshire?
My bold

Ha. My wife, who's from Chesterfield, is adamant that she's a Northerner. I take great pleasure in putting her in her place.
 
Despite it being distinctly different from Lancastrian, North-Eastern and that abortion spoken by the porridge-wogs, there's no entry for Cumbrian - marra.
I am from Cheshire and we are always told oh your'e a scouser. Put me next to a Scouser or someone from the Wirral and we don't sound alike at all
 
I read the spoken text in GMFs "Quartered Safe Out Here" in a Geordie accent. Looking at the phrases and pronunciation used, if it wasn't for GMF stating that he was in the Border Regt., I would have sworn that he was in the DLI.
You can listen to GMF rendering that Border accent if you listen to the BBC recording of him reading Quartered. I can ping you a link if you want.
 
Not Brit but have been accused of same due to a more refined accent than the average Saffer. It reverts to full on hairyback when intimidation is required.
 
How very common. One doesn't put shit in one's mouth.

Jou kakgorrelende suurgat etterkop.
 

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