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
Could be. Add water, three minutes in the microwave and it becomes a cardboard box kind of thing.
 
Most are OK. It's just the women (and a few men) who do that whiney nasal thing that grate.
 
My father 92, born graces alley, off cable street, Stepney, ( Army No 14943493) he told me years ago , that before the war, you could tell not only the area of east london that a bloke came from, but the street, Hitler solved that problem, as the bombing dispersed the old established families into the new towns and suburbs. There are not many old original families left in that small part of east london, (E1) its all trendies and bloody hipsters.
Years ago I knew an old cove who had been in intelligence during the war.
He told me there were 3 oxbridge professors of English on the books.
If a suspected spy was under interrogation one of the professors who specialised in the area the spy supposedly came from would engage them in conversation over a considerable time.
In those days he recond they could place a man within 15 miles of where he grew up by dialect words or accent.( or blow his story if it didn’t ring true)
True dit.
Me ? According to the mehimsahib, I’m neutral until I’ve been in penrith auction mart for an hour. Then my latent Westmorland youth re emerges and as a Manxie she only gets 90% of it.!
 
Scouse is still the worst
Didn’t even get past page 1 before the scouse inferiority, jealously complex kicked in once again ^~

Born a scouser, 36 years in the Army (and counting) and unlike quite a few of my ‘council estate’ peers who wear all the country gear, have a lab or spaniel and speak Middle English, I reamain a scouser.

SCOUSE NOT ENGLISH :)
 
It is amazing what accent can reveal.

Allegedly I sound "dead posh" with a Southern accent which is an obvious indicator of wealth, privilege and entitlement. Instantly explains how a complete idiot like me comes to be in my present role.

Short of wearing ermine and dashing off early on Fridays to return to the country estate in order to beat some peasants, rape one of the chambermaids and then murder Bambi's mother, suspect I could not be a worse example of the outdated horror of the class system.

Takes a special type of insight and collection of chips on shoulders to determine that but a group of bitter and angry Mancunians I have never met apparently did after I told them on a conference call that their latest bright idea to justify continued existence project was ambitious and bold yet wholly unworkable on grounds of excessive cost.
 
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I grew up in London and my mother sent me to elocution classes until I was about 10 years old. Hated it at the time but it served me well in due course. Of course, having spent the last 30 years in Shropshire I have pickd up some of the local lingo... but hey, never mind duck, dinna mither eh! :)
My mum's version of eloction lessons was to cuff me around the head when ever she heard me speak with the wrong accent, which might explain why I sometimes sound like a Scottish Danny Baker.
 
Didn’t even get past page 1 before the scouse inferiority, jealously complex kicked in once again ^~

Born a scouser, 36 years in the Army (and counting) and unlike quite a few of my ‘council estate’ peers who wear all the country gear, have a lab or spaniel and speak Middle English, I reamain a scouser.

SCOUSE NOT ENGLISH :)
I used to have a lot of dealings with a Liverpool based company in my last job. Every couple of months three Scousers would fly down for a meeting at our head office. However sometimes it was difficult to get a large room for four hours as head office in Bournemouth was getting rather overcrowded. We did have a building on the outskirts of town near the hospital and crown court that we were closing down, so I booked the meeting there and the Scousers would go there by taxi from the train station.

Andy, my main contact, is one of those Scousers who has the sort of sense of humour that can dish it out, but not take it. So I got a lot of stick for being a Geordie but I couldn't criticise him. His boss, Claire, was as Scouse as they came, but could give it and take it.

At the meeting Andy says "The taxi driver was giving us funny looks."
Me: "Three Scousers in suits being dropped off round the corner from the crown court? He probably thought that you were the accused."
My boss gives me the Oh Shit! look.
Andy starts to turn an interesting colour and is about to launch into one.
Claire is pissing herself laughing, looks at Andy and tells him to stop being a miserable twat.
 
I used to have a lot of dealings with a Liverpool based company in my last job. Every couple of months three Scousers would fly down for a meeting at our head office. However sometimes it was difficult to get a large room for four hours as head office in Bournemouth was getting rather overcrowded. We did have a building on the outskirts of town near the hospital and crown court that we were closing down, so I booked the meeting there and the Scousers would go there by taxi from the train station.

Andy, my main contact, is one of those Scousers who has the sort of sense of humour that can dish it out, but not take it. So I got a lot of stick for being a Geordie but I couldn't criticise him. His boss, Claire, was as Scouse as they came, but could give it and take it.

At the meeting Andy says "The taxi driver was giving us funny looks."
Me: "Three Scousers in suits being dropped off round the corner from the crown court? He probably thought that you were the accused."
My boss gives me the Oh Shit! look.
Andy starts to turn an interesting colour and is about to launch into one.
Claire is pissing herself laughing, looks at Andy and tells him to stop being a miserable twat.

The old ones are the best, if only it ever happened ^~
 
Interesting! Wifey is Scouser and her accent comes out when she speaks to other Scousers, goes "back home" or I really really really piss her off and she goes full on red mist Scouser on me!

Me - I have no "fixed" roots. Dad was in the Navy and we moved (like most service kids) a lot. Service schools with kids with mixed accents. Home was abroad or Plymouth or Tenby. I left home at 17 and moved away and so my accent according to friends is difficult to place. Accent changes from Plymothian to Welsh lilt to middle English

The interesting thing is coming from Tenby, "little England beyond Wales" there is a historic mix of English, Welsh, old English, Flemish and Norman French in the area. The dialect is one thing but the grammar is another. Tenby, Saundersfoot, Wiseman's Bridge is a little enclave, possibly stretching to Manobier and Penally. People don't "lock the door". They "key the door". They "Off the light" rather than "switch the light off" As a kid and even into my twenties I would get words in the wrong order when speaking because I was used to the Tenby dialect.
 

overopensights

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Stephen Fry reports that his mother threatened to 'cuff him' about the ears when he used what was a new word to her at the time... The word was 'Okay!'
 

overopensights

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Interesting! Wifey is Scouser and her accent comes out when she speaks to other Scousers, goes "back home" or I really really really piss her off and she goes full on red mist Scouser on me!

Me - I have no "fixed" roots. Dad was in the Navy and we moved (like most service kids) a lot. Service schools with kids with mixed accents. Home was abroad or Plymouth or Tenby. I left home at 17 and moved away and so my accent according to friends is difficult to place. Accent changes from Plymothian to Welsh lilt to middle English

The interesting thing is coming from Tenby, "little England beyond Wales" there is a historic mix of English, Welsh, old English, Flemish and Norman French in the area. The dialect is one thing but the grammar is another. Tenby, Saundersfoot, Wiseman's Bridge is a little enclave, possibly stretching to Manobier and Penally. People don't "lock the door". They "key the door". They "Off the light" rather than "switch the light off" As a kid and even into my twenties I would get words in the wrong order when speaking because I was used to the Tenby dialect.
As a very young lad in Breconshire, I worked on a hill farm for a year. One instruction that I had from the farmer's wife was "Go you now to the lower fields, look you there in the hedgerows, take a stick with you and look you in the hedge for broody hens, and bring you back the eggs to me"
 

seaweed

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Strange how some who move pick up a local accent and others do not. In the 60s I met up with two great aunts who had emigrated to NZ forty years before and kept house together for many years. One spoke as she always had from childhood in their father's rectory, the other broad Kiwi.
 

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As a very young lad in Breconshire, I worked on a hill farm for a year. One instruction that I had from the farmer's wife was "Go you now to the lower fields, look you there in the hedgerows, take a stick with you and look you in the hedge for broody hens, and bring you back the eggs to me"
Elizabethan English.
 
The old ones are the best, if only it ever happened ^~
I know it's an old one, but tell me which ones aren't. So when the opportunity arose to put down an arrogant sod like Andy, who would deny themselves the pleasure?

When I first moved down here in 1995 the Scouse accent was quite common. In fact they were probably the second largest ethnic minority here after Londoners and ahead of the Portuguese. Unfortunately they were the wrong sort of Scousers, being guests of our main slum landlord, who had advertised in benefits offices telling them to come to Bournemouth and claim their dole by the seaside. So I could quite understand the taxi driver being a bit hostile.

The main problem with Scousers is the negative image that they have in the media, down I suspect to the way they were portrayed by writers like Carla Lane. I'm surprised no Scouser bumped her off because of the damage she did to the place.
 

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