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    I'm told I have something of a posh accent, though none of my family do and I went to school in East London and Essex...one of life's little mysteries
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    Could be anything, but the culprits could be a parent with the same accent, friends or school.

    My accent is hectic. It has been known to change from one accent to another in the same sentence. But I don't really care how I sound as long as it's clear. I have been told that is something of a posh one, that it sounds American, that it has elements of the Scottish accent (o_O) and that it now has a hint of the London accent. I gave up trying to decipher it long ago :p:
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    I sound posh, more posh than the rest of my family, and im from a 'normal background'. I guess the area I live in is quite posh though, I dont know:dontknow:
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    Haha.

    I have to admit I do have a slightly exageratted English accent at times. I don't have a regional accent as I've never been anywhere long enough to have adopted one. I've constantly moved countries my whole life, maintaining a reasonably 'normal' life.

    Maybe I use this neutral accent as my own identity? Or, perhaps this is what comes when you mix in lots of different countries accents? :P

    The rest of my family don't have this accent.
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    If its all the time then they are trying to be something they are not.

    For me, when I am in polite company (such as talking with bosses and people of high importance), I always pronounce my words properly and dont slack - because it is nessicary for the situation. Where I have a southern accent, this can sometimes come across as being posh and exaggerated


    However when chatting to friends, I do slack very much on my words and pronounciation, simply because I dont have too.
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    When I saw the title of the thread, Hyacinth Bucket from 'Keeping up Appearences' comes to mind
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    I don't know why but my mum does it whenever she speaks to xompanies on the phone and my dad and I just laugh our heads off. However, she never does it round us or friends and family. Very strange indeed.
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    When I was in Primary School I thought all the posh people came from Universities hahahaha.....oooh just because whenever "normal" people came back from university they would have this sort of posh blocked nose kinda sounding voice...very odd indeed I thought. Even to this day some childhood memories like that lead me to believe that when I have finished uni I will have the same voice
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    I don't come from that sort of background (although my accent isn't that bad), nor do any of my friends talk like that. But I've managed to pick it up from somewhere!

    It's gotten worse since I went to uni, too.
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    (Original post by queenofwands)
    An inexplicable American accent is perplexing too.
    I knew one of those. He blamed it on a misspent childhood watching The Simpsons.
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    (Original post by Ewan)
    Private school

    I luckily escaped a Hull accent for the above reason It all depends who you socialize with
    Y'see, if you'd have gone to a public school, you'd probably have said "whom you socialise with". :awesome:
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    it's quite funny really.
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    I come from Yorkshire, educated in a state school, and I have a 'posh' accent, while none of my current friends or parents do. o_O

    It's because in Primary School my best friend had moved from Cambridge, and the accent rubbed off on me. Never truly left me.

    But I don't really care about accents - whatever the person wants/has as their accent, it's up to them.
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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.
    A broad regional accent makes people think differently of you, and for this reason I know in certain circumstances I unthinkingly alter how I speak. Although, not to a Hugh Grant level obviously.
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    (Original post by JW92)
    A broad regional accent makes people think differently of you, and for this reason I know in certain circumstances I unthinkingly alter how I speak. Although, not to a Hugh Grant level obviously.
    Me too. Also, I'm influenced by my Mum who speaks in RP compared to my Dad. I'd say I'm pretty neutral, because of it.
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    Because regional accents are sickening?
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    Hmm, I've been told by family members and friends that I sound quite "posh" in comparison to my parents, who speak in quite a broad Lincolnshire accent. I get told that I sound "Northern" at university though (I'm at uni in London, where the majority of my friends are Southerners), so who knows!
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    (Original post by Ewan)
    Private school

    I luckily escaped a Hull accent for the above reason :p: It all depends who you socialize with
    This is one of the main reasons I sound more like Hugh Grant than chav, considering my location.
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    (Original post by jismith1989)
    Y'see, if you'd have gone to a public school, you'd probably have said "whom you socialise with". :awesome:
    No, he'd have said "with whom you socialise".
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    (Original post by ashy)
    No, he'd have said "with whom you socialise".
    Maybe, but Latinate diction's dying out, even the upper-middle-classes tend to throw their prepositions about the place!
 
 
 
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