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    The Hugh Grant type voice alone makes me want to gouge my eyes out with molten knives.
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    In some cases because one of their parents is extremely posh.
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    its mad isnt it, its the same when im in ireland, guys have posh city accents and theyve prob never been to dublin!! i blame the hills ,bromance etc- because now everything is mega,awesome or yeah, man......
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    Private school

    I luckily escaped a Hull accent for the above reason :p: It all depends who you socialize with
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    Some people are wannabes. My mum is awful for doing this, as is my grandma. :dry:
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    An inexplicable American accent is perplexing too.
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    Because they are desperate to be seen as something they are not - which is a shame.
    Or because their parents are desperate for their children to climb the social ladder.
    Or because regional accents, while 'nice' can close doors.
    I have been taught to speak 'properly' because my broad Yorkshire accent makes it difficult for me to be taken seriously.
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    (Original post by marcusmerehay)
    Some people are wannabes. My mum is awful for doing this, as is my grandma. :dry:
    I've noticed that too with some people, and I don't understand it at all. Was it really ever something to brag about, having an ultra posh accent?

    I hear one of those and I instantly feel embarrassed for the person talking with it.
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    (Original post by gumdrop)
    Because they are desperate to be seen as something they are not - which is a shame.
    Or because their parents are desperate for their children to climb the social ladder.
    Or because regional accents, while 'nice' can close doors.
    I have been taught to speak 'properly' because my broad Yorkshire accent makes it difficult for me to be taken seriously.
    I may be naive, but the way I see it you should be worried about what you say. Not how you pronounce the words.

    If someone's going to refuse to take you seriously purely because of an accent, they're not worth taking seriously anyway. And if you need a certain accent to be taken seriously, maybe you shouldn't be.
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    I think it's a case of pretending to be more than they are, more than anything else. Their delusion catches up with them in the end.
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    because accents = working class x
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    (Original post by justkillingtime)
    I may be naive, but the way I see it you should be worried about what you say. Not how you pronounce the words.

    If someone's going to refuse to take you seriously purely because of an accent, they're not worth taking seriously anyway. And if you need a certain accent to be taken seriously, maybe you shouldn't be.

    Nice thinking - but let's be honest. I don't want to be remembered for my accent rather than what I actually say, because that's what happens.

    Dialect plays a part here as well, which I see you have omitted to mention. While how people say words may have little sway on outcome of meaning, local dialect can have a major impact.

    I said to a a friend out riding that I would 'jump that dyke' - meaning ditch. She thought I meant I would have sex with a lesbian. Awful example but it does show how local language causes confusion, and as accent and dialogue are related I can completely understand why my parents chose to ensure, when the occasion arises, that I can speak in received pronunciation.
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    hypocrites..methinks..
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    It all depends on where and who they socialize with i.e school, work, living envirnoment as my 6 year old brother goes to a primary where all the teachers still speak proper english as the english language is their mother tough so it is speaken with 100% purity, so even at that very young age he does speak with a posh accent.
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    Yeah - accents yeah?
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    (Original post by justkillingtime)
    The Hugh Grant type voice alone makes me want to gouge my eyes out with molten knives.
    Because darling, we just do, ok ya?
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    I don't live anywhere near the Home Counties yet i've always had quite a 'posh' accent. I'd like to say i sound neutral (i.e. I have an RP English accent) but i think i sound posh-RP at best :s I've always been like it. I've watched home videos of me as a three-year-old and even then i sounded like i'm from Chelsea or Kensington! My parents aren't particularly 'well spoken' so it's a little bit baffling. I can't link my accent with my socialisation.

    Apologies if this response is littered with errors - i find TSR is a good way of sobering up before bed!
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    Neither of my parenta are most (one from Dorset, one from Sunderland) yet I am because, (at least this is my opinion) I went to a British Army school so was educated by people with thosr sort of voices.
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    I have what people at Durham University consider a "broad geordie accent" and i get so much stick for it from people, from randomers on nights out to some of the ***** that i know from college. they do make out that people dont take me seriously/i wont get a job because of my accent. and i cannot stress how much i RESENT that belief. to be fair, i have probably had more jobs than they have had in their lives!
    However, comparatively, I'm quite well spoken when I come back to sunny Gateshead, in fact some people I meet back home didnt even realise I was geordie. I dont know whether its because of the words I use or because Durham lacks locals/geordies and unfortunately my accent is being diluted down?
    As much crap as i get from people, i actually love my accent and i wouldnt change it for anyone! Atleast i sound friendly I had to change some of the words i said, and pronounce every letter of the words i was saying because people at university could not understand a thing i was saying! (in my opinion i find this ridiculous because you should atleast learn to recognise the local accent if your attending that university??). But yes.. who says you cant go far in life because you have an accent? I tell you who, those who are too insecure to speak normally!
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    Well my brother, some friends of ours, and I have escaped getting a regional accent, my town doesn't really have a strong one, in fact I don't know what it really is, it's nothing like nearby cities of Birmingham and Wolverhampton, but there's still a slight variation, luckily I grew up with RP, but with some northern pronunciation.

    But lately at uni I find that i'm drifting off to more of a southern pronunciation, because of the people i'm around quite a lot. It's annoying because when I come back home my brother's taking the piss, and some people do notice, but I can't really help it :\
 
 
 
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