Do Southerners have accents?*Discuss*

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Found 30th Dec 2009
Just wondering; do people in the South technically have an accent seeing as we pronounce things correctly(well most of us do) and do not use 'slang' words? Or does everyone technically have an accent as we all speak English in our own way so there technically isn't a 'correct' english accent?

What do you think?

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No I dont - im from hertfordshire

Yeah its called posh ****! lol I jest

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not sure i just know that south meens scum

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cbryanp;7372123

Yeah its called posh ****! lol I jest



daz1981;7372135

not sure i just know that south meens scum



Strong hate in here. Sensing some jealousy.

Of course they have an accent ....we all have an accent which is then broken down into regional dialects.

yes, that is the stupidest thing ive read in a while

Tensei;7372145

Strong hate in here. Sensing some jealousy.



haha not quite hence the 'i jest' it was clearly a joke. Im from NI - the Accrington Stanley of accents :-D

we got german accents.

micoo;7372173

yes, that is the stupidest thing ive read in a while

micoo your hair has grown since the last time i saw you on here :-D

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daz1981;7372135

not sure i just know that south meens scum


As opposed to Jocks can't spell?

I certainly don't have an accent.... but everyone else does.

daz1981;7372190

im not jealous nothing to be jealous of, but i hate people correcting … im not jealous nothing to be jealous of, but i hate people correcting mine and other peoples spelling



Get an education and all will be fine.

HTH.

queenlush;7372166

Of course they have an accent ....we all have an accent which is then … Of course they have an accent ....we all have an accent which is then broken down into regional dialects.



+1

I have to say OP that your statement made me snort a little, especially the bolded bits!!

Just wondering; do people in the South technically have an accent seeing … Just wondering; do people in the South technically have an accent seeing as we pronounce things correctly(well most of us do) and do not use 'slang' words? Or does everyone technically have an accent as we all speak English in our own way so there technically isn't a 'correct' english accent?


I'm assuming that you are having a laugh, which I believe ( from watching the telly) is an idiom much used in the south east.

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Personally I feel as if *I* don't have an accent but everyone else does, just wanted to see what other people thought, southerners and non-southerners alike; instead I got some strong hate from northeners.

queenlush;7372212

micoo your hair has grown since the last time i saw you on here :-D



im much much hotter too dont ya think :lol:

im scum cos im southern? charming :lol:

no i dont have an accent...i think :?

Well Stacey (Xfactor) is from Dagenham and she has one of the most annoying accents ever, and what about the cockney lazy accent ? Aint that one? Course southerners have accents, what a stupid question!!!

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chesso;7372229

+1 I have to say OP that your statement made me snort a little, … +1 I have to say OP that your statement made me snort a little, especially the bolded bits!!I'm assuming that you are having a laugh, which I believe ( from watching the telly) is an idiom much used in the south east.



Not neccesarily, at least I don't hear it used often, usually said in jest e.g. mocking someone.

Very good point.

If you listen to most national news reports every presenter virtually no regional dialect. From your post i would asume they all originate from the South.

This perpetuates the ideolgy that this is how english should be spoken. But do people from Essex not have accents?

But is having an accent a bad thing. I travelled a lot in my teens and the benefits of having a Scottish accent far exceeded the negatives. I am sure Geordies (my fav), the Irish and the Welsh would say the same.

loupomm;7372237

im scum cos im southern? charming :lol:no i dont have an accent...i think … im scum cos im southern? charming :lol:no i dont have an accent...i think :?



you will have an accent as someone said every region has an accent. Did you get the netbook issue sorted?

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chesso;7372229

I'm assuming that you are having a laugh, which I believe ( from … I'm assuming that you are having a laugh, which I believe ( from watching the telly) is an idiom much used in the south east.



No.... That would be "having a giraffe".

loupomm;7372237

im scum cos im southern? charming :lol:no i dont have an accent...i think … im scum cos im southern? charming :lol:no i dont have an accent...i think :?



compare how you sound to my glasgow with a hint of irish accent and then decide if we sound the same lol

daz1981;7372135

not sure i just know that south meens scum



is that ignorance speaking :?

cbryanp;7372257

you will have an accent as someone said every region has an accent. Did … you will have an accent as someone said every region has an accent. Did you get the netbook issue sorted?



yes thank you - they exchanged with no probs - didnt even look in the box :w00t: :thumbsup:

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loupomm;7372237

im scum cos im southern? charming :lol:no i dont have an accent...i think … im scum cos im southern? charming :lol:no i dont have an accent...i think :?



no not you:-D

I stand out where i live as i speak posly instead on commonly.. so i have been told :?

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stevieglesga;7372250

Very good point.If you listen to most national news reports every … Very good point.If you listen to most national news reports every presenter virtually no regional dialect. From your post i would asume they all originate from the South.This perpetuates the ideolgy that this is how english should be spoken. But do people from Essex not have accents? But is having an accent a bad thing. I travelled a lot in my teens and the benefits of having a Scottish accent far exceeded the negatives. I am sure Geordies (my fav), the Irish and the Welsh would say the same.



I've noticed this too. Pretty much all newsreaders or announcers tend to have neutral Southern tones. Wonder why that is.

micoo;7372261

compare how you sound to my glasgow with a hint of irish accent and then … compare how you sound to my glasgow with a hint of irish accent and then decide if we sound the same lol



prob deeper for a start :w00t::p

loupomm;7372272

yes thank you - they exchanged with no probs - didnt even look in the box … yes thank you - they exchanged with no probs - didnt even look in the box :w00t: :thumbsup:



good to hear! :thumbsup:

Tensei;7372232

Personally I feel as if *I* don't have an accent but everyone else does, … Personally I feel as if *I* don't have an accent but everyone else does, just wanted to see what other people thought, southerners and non-southerners alike; instead I got some strong hate from northeners.



Maybe you should have worded it a little better then:thumbsup: you alienated yourself right from the off by stating WE (southerners) pronounce things correctly. How do you know i don't speak the queens english perfectly ? I think a speaking voice without any character is very very dull.

guv;7372260

No.... That would be "having a giraffe".



What's this - 'make up your own rhyming slang' ?? :-D

micoo;7372233

im much much hotter too dont ya think :lol:



Lookin good tiger ....lol

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renown;7372269

is that ignorance speaking :?



no not really :santa:

micoo;7372233

im much much hotter too dont ya think :lol:



wow you'll do for me your well hot :w00t:

cbryanp;7372257

you will have an accent as someone said every region has an accent.



Not technically correct as there has to be a prime, which will have no accent. So for example if you took the way the Queen speaks as prime, then anybody who speaks differently has an accent but those that speak the same have none;-)

But then, who gives a XXXX :lol:

nobody is aware of their own accent. because to them its the norm. to me my wife sounds perfectly normal yet our friends from nottingham can barely understand her. (welsh valleys accent)

queenlush;7372166

Of course they have an accent ....we all have an accent which is then … Of course they have an accent ....we all have an accent which is then broken down into regional dialects.


+1
micoo;7372173

yes, that is the stupidest thing ive read in a while



+1 again lol
We all have accents and don't for a minute think that anyone from down south does not use slang.

guv;7372260

No.... That would be "having a giraffe".



correct:thumbsup:

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Tensei;7372232

Personally I feel as if *I* don't have an accent but everyone else does, … Personally I feel as if *I* don't have an accent but everyone else does, just wanted to see what other people thought, southerners and non-southerners alike; instead I got some strong hate from northeners.



refering to them as non-southerners may not help

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Cor blimey!

don't ask me to explain because i cant remember the details about it but technically, the Geordie accent/use of words is the oldest in England (something to do with vikings i think) so anyone who speaks differently is technically doing an accent whereas geordies aren't.

queenlush;7372299

Maybe you should have worded it a little better then:thumbsup: you … Maybe you should have worded it a little better then:thumbsup: you alienated yourself right from the off by stating WE (southerners) pronounce things correctly. How do you know i don't speak the queens english perfectly ? I think a speaking voice without any character is very very dull.


Again +1,
although very very dull is perhaps one 'very' too many. :-D


Re newsreaders, there are plenty of accents I hear , in particular if you count in the weather forecasters, including ( but not only) Welsh, Irish, Midlands, North and Scottish.
I think there is also, maybe, some confusion in your mind, OP, between South and 'Home Counties'. I live in the South - the West of the South, where accents and dialects are very strong.
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