John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Floating Accent

I've commented before that I grew up mostly watching public television; in the U.S., in the '70s and '80s, public television meant one thing: the BBC. :) So in many ways, British and related accents sound more natural to me than my own native "eastern seaboard." If left to my own devices, my inclination is to speak with a vaguely Beebish lilt to my voice, but I don't because I then feel self-conscious that people around me will feel like I'm putting on airs.

One side-effect of this is that when I encounter somebody who naturally speaks with a British, Scots, Irish, or Aussie accent, I unconsciously start to pick it up -- because it's like finally speaking to somebody whose voice sounds right!

The reason I mention this today is that at the White Pony Room Party at Dragon*Con, and then again Friday and Saturday, it happened again whenever I'd get into conversation with james_b. I mentioned it to Dave Allen when I was sitting at the Plan Nine table, and he said he gets the same thing whenever he visits his family in Ireland -- he comes back to the U.S. talking like a leprechaun.

Maybe I should just move to London and be done with it!

It would certainly make it easier to get ahold of Jazz Butcher CDs...

-The Gneech
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