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By Anonymous - / Sunday 1 September 2013 22:35 / United States
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You deserved it. Maybe it's a different accent technically, but in layman's terms, a British accent is perfectly valid, just like an American accent.

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Logic? She told her mother there's no such thing as a British accent and then proceeded to explain how there is. "No such thing as a British accent" would require that there be no accents in Britain. I mean, I know how the point she was trying to make is *supposed* to work, but do any of the following make any logical sense: "I love fruit!" "Technically, there's no such thing as fruit. There are just lots of different things that are types of fruit that all taste diff

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The difference is that England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales are completely different countries, rather than different states. In fact, some people from, say, London (the South of England) might not be able to understand someone from Fort William (the North of Scotland) even though they're both British.

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yeah, but not everyone can specify what is a Yorkshire accent and what is Leicester one, especially if they live in the US. Great Britain is a pretty small region.

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If you say "beer can" with a British accent, it'll sound like you're saying "bacon" with a Jamaican one.

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Regardless of the region, the blanket term of "British accent" should be sufficient. I wouldn't expect a British person to be able to differentiate easily between, say, a Boston and a New Jersey accent. They could probably tell the general region ("oh, they're both New England-ish") just as you could easily tell England from Scotland from Wales from Northern Ireland accents. OP was getting off on a technicality to feel superior and it's stupid.

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You've obviously never tried to hold a conversation with someone with a heavy Scottish accent. As a Brit, it's nice to see that OP isn't following the stereotype. When people hear my welsh accent they accuse me of lying about being British. -__-

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i love the welsh accent! i live in cardiff and never get tired of hearing the accent :) but i totally agree about the scottish accent. my stepdads from glasgow and listening to his brother in law talk i can barely understand him. i think when Americans say 'British accent' they generally mean the southern accent. you know, say "barth", "parth". that sort of thing. think Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.

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The Glaswegians do have a thick accent, I'm Scottish and sometimes struggle with that one!

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It could work like that, but there are still so many accents in Britain saying someone has a "British accent" won't make you picture any accent in particular.

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15, honestly, it makes me think of Sir Patrick Stewart or Sir Ian McKellan. Random thought, though...it seems like everyone in that country is knighted.

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It's the same for pretty much any country or general area. People talk about Canadian or American accents, but different areas of both countries have their own different accents. But if someone said I had a Canadian accent I wouldn't say "actually there's no such thing. What you meant to say was, I have a Nova Scotian accent."

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No major difference between Oregon and Arkansas? Methinks you might need to travel a bit more before venturing an opinion on accents.

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Come on now, 61. Think of people in Boston, think of people in New Jersey, think of Southern v Northern accents. Our country has a very, very diverse group of accents.

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Being a woman from Texas who went to visit her parents in st.louis trust me, there is a BIG difference. I had to repeat myself several times in a drive through and eventually gave up and went inside to order because they couldn't understand. I've had several friends from up north around New York and New Jersey and you can def. tell there is a difference. And I was teased when I lived in Arizona because I "sound funny So I'm going to take an educated guess and say no matter where you go t

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To some degree, 61 is correct. I grew up in Dublin, Ireland, and I could distinguish accents between the north, south, west and centre of the city. Now that I live in San Diego, I don't see a significant accent change for at least a couple hundred miles in any direction.

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114, that's because you are in one region, that of the Southern California accent. It is the same from SD through L.A. and on up to Santa Barbara.

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Wow 117, that was the point I was making. In Dublin, which is just a city of a million people, there are several accents. While in SoCal and stretching into Nevada and Arizona, there is only really one accent. In other words, one small area has lots of accents, while a much much larger area has one accent. Which is kinda what 61 was saying. Are you getting it now or do you need it to be spelled out more?

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That's only if you have a central 'cockney' accent & are not of the upper class. Only those who were not taught to speak 'The Queens' English' dropped the 'h'. It was an immediate indicator of a lower socio economic class. My hubby is scouse and has a completely different accent to a Londoner.

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You deserved it. Maybe it's a different accent technically, but in layman's terms, a British accent is perfectly valid, just like an American accent.

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I was waiting for someone to say that. Yeah there's Liverpool accents, Cockney, etc. but it still all falls under British, to pretty much the entire world. Because guess what? They all come from Britain.

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That's what I was thinking. Of course there are many different accents from every region of Britain, but it's easier to just say its a British accent, especially if you're not familiar enough to name the specific accent. People will still know what you mean, anyway. I feel like OP just felt the need to be difficult and/ or a smartass by nitpicking.

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Yes, it's true but many of us are able to read between the lines and figure out what the mom meant when she said "British" accent (most likely it's that Posh or whatever Hugh Grant speaks.) Americans also have different accents here Ex: New York, Jersey, Texas, Boston. Southern. Etc... Sometimes pronouncing certain words such as "pecans" or "coupons" can't give some an idea where you're from. (:

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On a side note: how many of us watched "The Walking Dead" then followed it with "The Talking Dead" afterwards? I freaked out how many of the guest speakers/ actors on that show have a "British" accent? :P

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The proper term is ENGLISH accent, because British could also include Northern Ireland, which has a completely different accent altogether.

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Then there's also British-Columbia.. And all the other 'colonies' still under monarchy rule...

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British Columbia is a Canadian Province. While still 'technically' we're a domain of the UK, we have our own constitution, so it's debatable as to whether we're a part of the UK anymore.

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British does not include Northern Ireland. Britain is the island of England and Scotland. Look it up.

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The problem with describing something as a generic 'British' accent is NOT the same as a generic 'American' accent. What people always seem to forget is that Scotland is NOT to England what Texas is to New York: it's more like Canada to America, and Wales is Mexico (Ireland can be Cuba for the sake of analogy). The 'United Kingdom' is NOT a country in the traditional sense. It's a kingdom made up of FOUR countries, three of which are on the same island. Geographically speaking these three are

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Okay, #136. Thank you for your elaboration. You've really put things into a new perspective for me. But, I would like to ask, what is an American accent to you? I'd assume, likely, one of the many from the United States. What would you call the accent of someone [[ Mexico?..Mexican? Perhaps spanish? Why would it be so offensive to say American? Technically, North-American, but yes. Aren't Brazilians from the Americas?..Canadians do speak english; how different is it between our accents in anothe

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The problem is, Britain includes Scotland and Wales, and when someone says "British accent" they are never describing a Scottish or Welsh accent, only ever an English one. This is why the term "British accent" makes absolutely no sense. England =/= Britain.

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