I’m an American, I live in Britain, and I have a weird accent…
Posted on August 12, 2009 by yankeebean
I didn’t mean for the beginning of this post to sound like an AA meeting… but having said that, I DO have a confession to make.
I used to heavily judge people for ‘trying to sound English’. Now, I’m not talking your Dick Van Dyke’s or your Oliver Twist’s – nonono – I’m talking your Madonna’s.
(And now, me).
If someone moved to England and then started-up with the to-mah-to and the baaah-sil, I was instantly repelled.
Ridiculous! Insulting! Embarrassing! ‘Cringe-central… we have now reached cringe-central. Please take small children by the hand while disembarking…’
But OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHhhhhhhh, how the tables have turned! My eyes have been opened and all judgment reserved! I take it all back. And I apologise to Madonna, sorry Madge.
Four years in and my own weird accent has taken hold and is proving harder and harder to avoid. I don’t say weird as in ‘bad’ – I love weird things and embrace all things ‘dork’. But my weird anglo-ameri mutant twang is here to stay.
I made a little home-movie with my camera at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta this morning and when I listened back, there was mutant yankeebean chatting inside my camera; grabbing whatever vowel sound that took her fancy and any ol’ inflection that lit her fire.
Hi, my name is Yankeebean, I’m an American living in Britain, and I have a weird accent.
(Altogether now – “Hi, Yankeebean”)
For Pacificbird’s views on her ‘accent revelations’ click here