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Vell, den, it's aboot time... [Mar. 31st, 2009|03:39 pm]
terribleturnip
Those of you who are familiar with my verbal passivity* will be greatly amused by imagining me sitting in an hour long meeting with someone who had an Austrian-Canadian accent. And it was basically a Q & A, so she would ask a question, I'd start to answer, swerving crazily between Bavarian, Minnesota and New England, only to wind up sounding Irish or retarded. I'm going to carefully avoid speaking until I can get home and reboot with an episode of Seinfeld.

*by that, I mean that I will adopt any accent around me, making me sound as if I'm mocking the other person. Or, in the case of Skivee, slavishly adoring. Same with keys -- no matter how hard I nail myself to a key (and it takes nailing since it was probably very hard for me to find the right one in the first place, much less stay there) if someone next to me chooses a different key, I'll try to go there, even if it's the key of only-dogs-can-hear)
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[User Picture]From: thatliardiego
2009-03-31 08:01 pm (UTC)
That's it—I'm staying in character around you at MDRF all the time until I hear you put an "e" in front of a word that starts with an "s"...
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2009-03-31 09:00 pm (UTC)
Follow me to Baja Fresh, where I have begun to order the shrimp burrito, mostly because I can not stop myself from saying "ehsteak" which makes me sound like an idiot.
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2009-03-31 09:17 pm (UTC)
LOL! We spent a few days with a great woman in Swansea, Wales, who's father was adamant that she NOT have a Welsh accent so hired nannies for her with very posh English accents. So, in learning to please her father, the nannies, her school mates and other friends, she became an accent chameleon. We were chatting together and she quoted me on something I'd said earlier and by golly, it wasn't just a PNW accent it was MY voice with a PNW accent! Very funny and very odd. I SO wish I could accents other than my own on purpose...
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[User Picture]From: pyratelady
2009-04-01 12:41 am (UTC)
You're not the only one who does that, I do it too. And it's not just regional accents, I've noticed that I even reflect back actual speaking style. At HMT, I could always tell when Drake was on the phone with a customer from the South. Cracked me up.
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[User Picture]From: lowlandscot
2009-04-01 03:48 am (UTC)
When I moved to Minnesota my co-workers used to tease me about my "southern" accent (by which they meant south of Chicago, since I arrived there with straight-up lower midwest speech). After I'd been there a few months they remarked that I sounded normal all of a sudden, which meant I sounded like Marge Gunderson.
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