100 Americans attempt a British accent


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/06/27/100-americans-attempt-a-brit.html


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#3

Freashen yore tea Guv’ner?


#4

No apostrophe, Mark.

There were several attempts, some quite decent, but nobody in that video possesses a British accent.


#5

where do they get these people for this stuff?

I think they actually go through 5,000 just to get the 100 worst.


#6

I haven’t watched it yet, but from previous experience I’m wondering how many attempts I will have to watch before someone attempts an accent that is north of Watford.


#7

This cuts both ways, of course… :wink:


#8

Accents vary wildly over the British Isles. There are probably enough for each of the 100 to have picked a different one. I suspect that something similar must be true in the US.


#9

Yes. Although I think that regional accents anywhere that has television and film have become less prominent in the past decades.


#10

Reference flew above my head, sadly :frowning:


#11

No worries - it’s Peri from Doctor Who (from the classic series):

The actress who played her had a horrible American accent that was kind of all over the place. It was a very bad accent.


#12

Most of their knowledge of british colloquialisms seem to end around the 1950s and mary poppins and the generic british accent supposedly being cockernee london. The thing to know about a british accent is… there is no such thing as a british accent. :astonished:


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#14

They never try accents north of Watford


#15

Whenever I “attempt” to speak in an English accent, I try to sound as much like Steve Coogan as possible. He’s Manchester, right?
Still, my accent’s terrible.

I had a bus driver friend for a few years in Austin, TX who was a WOC from Liverpool. We bonded instantly when I correctly identified her accent.


#16

I had to look her up in YouTube. Her accent is indeed very exaggerated!


#17

hey, she traveled a lot!


#18

I cultivated a decent old-timey cockney accent in high school. Unfortunately, it backfired as I got cast as the comic relief maid/cook/housekeeper in every goddamn play after that. Except for in Skin of Our Teeth, where the maid is a sultry Jezebel. It was the only maid part I actually wanted. The drama teacher flat-out told me “sorry, but Sabina is supposed to be sexy.” Then she forgot that she’d cast me in a different part and yelled at me for missing Sabina’s cue, to add insult to injury.

Yes, I am still bitter 25 years later.


#19

Not only that, it was never consistent, either. Sometimes she sounded a lot like a 20s gangster’s moll, others like a california girl. But the Colin Baker era had all sorts of other problems, too, unfortunately.


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