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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Because regional accents are sickening?
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!