When someone from Britain speaks, Americans hear a "British accent"...

James Stroud jstroud at mbi.ucla.edu
Tue Jun 28 23:52:44 CEST 2005

Frankly, I can't watch Shakespeare or movies like "the full monty" or 
"trainspotting" because I can't understand a damn word they say. British talk 
sounds like gibberish to me for the most part. Out of all of these movies, 
the only thing I ever could understand was something like "I've got the beast 
in my sights misses Pennymoney". Haaar! Wow, that's a good one.

I think James Bond did it for Americans. He always wore a dinner jacket and 
played a lot of backarack--which is only cool because you have to bet a lot 
of money. Anyway, if you insist on making distinctions between the backwoods 
of apalachia and european aristocracy, I should remind you of the recessive 
genetic diseases that have historically plagued europe's nobility.

On Tuesday 28 June 2005 11:27 am, muldoon wrote:
> Americans consider having a "British accent" a sign of sophistication
> and high intelligence. Many companies hire salespersons from Britain to
> represent their products,etc. Question: When the British hear an
> "American accent," does it sound unsophisticated and dumb?
> Be blunt. We Americans need to know. Should we try to change the way we
> speak? Are there certain words that sound particularly goofy? Please
> help us with your advice on this awkward matter.

James Stroud
UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics
Box 951570
Los Angeles, CA 90095


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