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  Reply # 1457563 26-Dec-2015 21:51
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JWR:
There is a view that accent displays class or learning.


In the UK, it does, at least the former.  You either speak proper like the queen or poor like someone on coro street.  Some poors do try to imitate proper but they stand out.

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JWR:
There is a view that accent displays class or learning.


In the UK, it does, at least the former.  You either speak proper like the queen or poor like someone on coro street.  Some poors do try to imitate proper but they stand out.


Very true. You can easily identify people's social background from their speech and vocabulary in the UK. Also from which newspaper they read although that is less easy nowadays.

To some extent you can do that here also - anyone using 'yous' instead of you, for example, is unlikely to have attended the finest schools in the land...likewise using bro every second word and so on.





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tdgeek: We talk fast apparently, which wont help. 

Spot on, and the women talk much faster than the men and go on and on and on...

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madcarue: Spot on, and the women talk much faster than the men and go on and on and on...

This kind of comment can be heard in many countries. The man of few words is also an international stereotype ; ).

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Best thing about the kiwi accent is that when I was  in California the girls used to love the accent... Ahhh California girls.... those were the days.




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  Reply # 1457925 27-Dec-2015 22:19
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mdooher: Best thing about the kiwi accent is that when I was  in California the girls used to love the accent... Ahhh California girls.... those were the days.


Indeed they were!







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  Reply # 1457926 27-Dec-2015 22:21
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It's not just Keyway's accents.

I heard an American narrator on TV last night for an hour keep referring to a Greek philosopher I have never heard of called Play-Doh.





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