I can’t sound THAT American anymore because English people freely tell me how much they hate the American accent
Posted on October 23, 2012 by yankeebean
When I first moved to the UK, I met a lot of people that loved American accents, American culture and all things stars-and-stripes. But after being here for 8 years, it’s more common to hear Brits talk about how awful they think the American accent is.
It’s never malicious. No intentional insult. They just casually chat about how harsh and unappealing it sounds. They talk about how loud it is. They talk about how distracting they find it.
And they talk about it, right to my face, like I don’t have one.
I can honestly say that I’m not insulted because I can tell that they don’t mean any harm. After finding out that I’ve lived in the UK for so many years, I wonder if people put me into the ‘Other’ category rather than the ‘American’ one. They chat freely to me about my mamma-land because they feel like I’m on their team now (I hope?). Either that or their being arseholes and I’m too nice to notice.
But I don’t think that’s it. I’m a nice woman, not a nice eejit.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the case that every English person hates the Yankee twang, but it’s become a 60/40 split in terms of Brits telling me they hate/love it. And I’m sure all you lovely expats will agree that when the words ‘hate’ and ‘America(n)’ drop-it-like-it’s-hot into a conversation, your ears perk up a bit so I can’t help but notice the shift.
I have no plans to try and stop this trend since no one directly involved seems to find it upsetting. If the convo DOES turn to accent-hating, I toss around my own opinions about types of British accents that I’m not super-fond-of and I don’t think I’ve annoyed anyone. But I maintain the right to become She-Ra, Outraged Princess of Power, if anyone attacks my precious home land with malicious intent!
What do you guys think? Am I being too lax in the defence of my people?