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Have I finally insulted an American about Accents

Old Dec 7th 2011, 3:11 am
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So I went into a shop to buy my lottery tickets and this is how the conversation went

Shopkeeper - are you from Australia
Me - about 12,000 miles difference
Shopkeepr - so your from Ireland then
Me - Close
Shopkeeper - England
Me - Yes
Shopkeeper - I suppose they have different accents in different parts of England - I'm not sure if she thought people had Australian accents depending on where they lived in England, even though I told her Australia was on the other side of the world!!!

Shopkeeper - I suppose its the same in America, people have different accents
Me - No you all sound the same to me
Shopkeeper - Even people frome the south?
Me - Yes

She looked perplexed as I left the shop I don't think she got my sense of humour

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Old Dec 7th 2011, 6:08 am
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Not sure you insulted her - that suggests some modicum of intellect and specific knowledge...

... will you settle for confused bemusement?
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I remember once speaking to a friend where another person overheard his accent. In perfect RP, the other person expressed pleasure in running into a "fellow countryman." "Where in England are you from?" My friend had trouble keeping a straight face when he answered "Johannesburg."
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Originally Posted by london66 View Post
So I went into a shop to buy my lottery tickets and this is how the conversation went

Shopkeeper - are you from Australia
Me - about 12,000 miles difference
Shopkeepr - so your from Ireland then
Me - Close
Shopkeeper - England
Me - Yes
Shopkeeper - I suppose they have different accents in different parts of England - I'm not sure if she thought people had Australian accents depending on where they lived in England, even though I told her Australia was on the other side of the world!!!

Shopkeeper - I suppose its the same in America, people have different accents
Me - No you all sound the same to me
Shopkeeper - Even people frome the south?
Me - Yes

She looked perplexed as I left the shop I don't think she got my sense of humour

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Should have asked her'

"Speaking of accents.....which part of Canada are you from?"


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Should have asked her'

"Speaking of accents.....which part of Canada are you from?"


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That's what I was thinking.
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I don't like being asked if I'm from South Africa.
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I don't like being asked if I'm from South Africa.
Imagine if they thought you were from Spain

Then you could give them a lecture about how horrible foreigners are and throw them out of the town ...
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I don't like being asked if I'm from South Africa.
Every time I hear South Africa mentioned, I can't help but think of Spitting Image doing "I've Never Met A Nice South African" from about 20 years ago;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v439zTOJVho


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Imagine if they thought you were from Spain

Then you could give them a lecture about how horrible foreigners are and throw them out of the town ...
I heard that Spain has ordered a new batch of Submarines with Glass Bottoms, so as they can go up to the Southern Coast of England, and look at the Old Spanish Navy


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Imagine if they thought you were from Spain

Then you could give them a lecture about how horrible foreigners are and throw them out of the town ...
Even worse, they might think I was a power-crazed mod
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Every time I hear South Africa mentioned, I can't help but think of Spitting Image doing "I've Never Met A Nice South African" from about 20 years ago;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v439zTOJVho


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I heard that Spain has ordered a new batch of Submarines with Glass Bottoms, so as they can go up to the Southern Coast of England, and look at the Old Spanish Navy


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Originally Posted by Sally Redux View Post
I don't like being asked if I'm from South Africa.
I don't like being asked if I'm from London when they mean England.

I always reply " No, are you from Washington DC ? "
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Top tip: Incorporated this in to your life of crime!

When asked if I am from x, I just say 'yes', then I mug them.
Except when x is England, then I just say farewell.
It amuses me to watch the local news, as they say the police are looking for a variety of foregin muggers from all English speaking countries except England.
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I heard that Spain has ordered a new batch of Submarines with Glass Bottoms, so as they can go up to the Southern Coast of England, and look at the Old Spanish Navy


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I was introduced to an American at a party, as being from Britain, and she immediately asked if I could do an Austrailian accent
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Originally Posted by Sally Redux View Post
I don't like being asked if I'm from South Africa.
Could be worse, might have asked if you were from Wales

Still, this shop keeper didn't sound to bad tbh
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