In a class ridden society you only have to listen to someone's accent to know their class.
And people will change their accent as they change their class.
And so one's ear becomes exquisitely tuned to the nuances of accent for one's livelihood as well as one's status depends on it.
Oz, though, moved in exactly the opposite direction, and although we came from a class ridden society, we flattened all the class accents into two - educated and broad.
And although I am a sixth generation Australian, I was raised to speak in an upper middle class accent. Then I went to boarding school where my lovely class accent was beaten out of me. So now I can't help speaking Strine* like every other Ozzie from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean, from near the equator, to deep in the Antarctic Ocean.
But still, secretly, I long to hear the dulcet tones and am putty in the hands of any girl who speaks in an upper middle class accent, particularly if they say, "shall". I shall do this or I shall do that, I shall. Anyone who says, "shall", I shall shilly-shall with from dawn to dusk.
* Strine: the English language as spoken by Australians.
Wow, people voted against aussie? Most americans I know love it.
And as I said, new england should be on there for american accents. Or is that "yankee"? I take it someone who isn't from the US made this poll? Most americans don't even use those terms.
Calling all Americans Yankees is just wrong .
I can accept that most Americans sound the same to foreigners, but I think there are a few major differences & I wonder how much wax you have built up in your ear if you cannot hear it. I think a Southerner and a Californian will sound as different as any Scottish or English person. There are more UK accents on here than anything also....
Anyway, of the choices, I dislike the American Southern accent the most, and then Irish. I voted Irish just because . Some Irish accents can be nice, but some are just annoying. Same goes for Southern accents (a lot of it has to do with the person's voice).
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