Scots Accent

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  1. WeegyAVLover

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    I am a bona-fide, born and bred scotsman...

    Now for some reason I exclude the Scottish News from this, however I love hearing a Scottish accent on the TV. For example James McIvoy on Top Gear... Very rarely get to hear is native tongue and I love it....

    On top of that I love hearing someone do an impression of a scots accent... The more "see you jimmy!" the better....

    Is it just me or is it universal...
     
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    I dunno, i'm from Belfast and the English think I'm from Scotland. I was in the smallest of Florida redneck towns once buying some smokes in a filling station and the occupants all tried to guess where is was from, which included - England, Australia, Scotland and last but not least Germany.

    Germany!?!
     
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    Did you have white socks and sandals on? Easy mistake to make if you did.

    My wife spoke to a tradesman on the phone and when she came of the phone said "He sounds like he is Welsh!".......

    Guy came round.... He was black and from Mauritius!!!!

    We have laughed about that a lot...
     
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    I spent my formative years in Various parts of South Africa, Durban, Cape Town, Joburg etc. This meant I came back to this country (1976) bilingual. The origins of Afrikaans meant that I could sort of hold basic conversations with anyone who could speak Dutch or German. Most people who heard me speak in the seventies assumed I was Australian?? My accent has obviously faded now to the point that everybody I meet just assumes I've never been out of Wales.
    Anyways, 30 years later we were in a tiny old fashioned pub in West Wales on holiday and I went to the bar and simply said - A pint of lager and a glass of house red please and quick as a flash the landlord asked "which part of South Afria are you from then pal?"
    Very impressed.
     
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    I know where you are coming from. A well rounded, rolling Scot's accent is fine. I cringe when I hear some wee ned being interviewed on the news.
     
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    I usually find anyone taking the **** out of an accent - intentionally or otherwise - quite funny. Videos like, how would you shay, Schteve Machlaren, crack me up.

    I get mocked for my (west coast Irish) accent daily. If I took it seriously I'd probably have slashed my wrists by now. :)
     
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    I'm from just outside of Glasgow, and English people I've worked with have often commented on how well-spoken I am. I think that's because the general perception is that all Glaswegians speak like Rab C Nesbitt :D

    Some people sound good, like McAvoy. Some sound weird, like Gerard Butler. And some sound awful, like Elaine C Smith. (All IMO!)

    Nothing worse than a Weegie ned though. Especially outside their natural habitat of Argyle St.
     
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    I love accents (except Liverudlian (no offence intended) that could all to often be too much phlegm and harsh for me). (IMO! - I think that makes me immune for any harsh criticism for that comment!) :rolleyes:

    I would say some NEDs are an embarassment on TV but every place has those people that the locals think "jeso why did they have to ask him!"

    Then you get other NEDs like Smeeto.... Guy who punched and kicked a terrorist at Glasgow Airport... WHILE THEY WERE ON FIRE! I can watch his interviews on TV all day.... :devil:

    I play on XBX Live and as soon as I speak the amount of people doing gruff scottish accents is almost immediate and it cracks me up some what! :devil:
     
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    I'd rather be punched and kicked while on fire :)
     
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    i once mistook an Oirishman for a Spaniard .Beat that! I was a bit worse for wear mind, having just crawled out of a pub
     
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    My wife had to photograph a group of American judges at a dog show and I was with her. They asked us what part of Scotland were we from. I told them we were Welsh and the cheeky buggers asked what part of England was that.

    I quipped back that you Canadians are so funny. They seemed to take that quite badly.
     
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    Smeato quote of the century "It was surreal yet unbelievable!" :D
     
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    I have to agree about the Liverpudlian accent, awful! Just listen to Gerrard and Carragher giving squeeky interviews after games, hurts the ears. (No offence intended, COYS)
     
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    I had to look that up.
     
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    The amount of times Americans tell me to "Shut your God damn mouth you Irish p****" on XBL is quite astounding. I only ever try to be nice to them too...
     
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    I'm from the north east (not a Geordie, but not far away) but have lived in the south for almost 20 years. So my accent is in between really, although can be strong when I've been back up north or I've been drinking.

    Regularly get mistaken for Scottish or Irish, with the occasional Welsh and even Australian. But find that Americans in particular love my voice, to the extent that when I was working over there once I had a wrong number ask me out on a date.

    Also been told I should be doing voiceover ads for M&S food.

    Personally I find the soft Edinburgh accent very attractive. Not at all influenced by a rather attractive Edinburgh girl I first worked with.
     
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    Can't stand the Scottish accent. It's second only to the Female American Accent.

    In fact I even prefer to have a conversation with a Welshman despite getting covered in spit.
     
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    I haven't heard an Islands accent in years, lovliest accent there is.
     
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    This thread reminds me of a joke:

    I was in a bar late on a friday night and I heard two women chatting away. I went up to them and asked ' Are you two ladies from Scotland?' to which they replied 'Don't you mean Wales', 'Ok' I said, 'Are you two Whales from Scotland?'. Next thing I knew, I woke up in hospital.

    :)
     
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    I spend a lot of time in Scotland, and generally really like the Scots......but the accent, whether it's from Elgin or Edinburgh really grates on me.

    It's hard to describe, but the accent makes people sound permanently surprised, or like they have a poker up their ass and are a bit unsure if they should remove it or not (think Lorraine Kelly).
     
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    I love the Irish accent. I was watching father ted last night. Still makes me laugh.
     
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    Do you need me to talk dirty to you?
     
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    Ah for sure!
     
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    I find it a bit strange when people say they don't like 'the Scottish accent'. Theres more than one of them :) That's like me saying I don't like 'the' English accent based on disliking the Cockney or Scousers accents.
     
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    Good call that- it almost sounds Scandinavian at times and is rather soothing. I used to work with a lady from Wick and we ended up using her for the automatic phone answer recording simply because it seemed to calm people down before they spoke to a real person.
     
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    Your joking right?
    A 'real' Wick accent is awful!

    (BTW Wick is mainland, not "Island"...)
     
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    To be honest, she's the only person I've met from there- maybe she was an anomaly. I know Wick is mainland- generally I go on the constituency breakdown which does 'Highlands & Islands' for a territorial grouping.
     
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    Really "Surprised" unintentionally aggessive is more how I would describe it (apart from the Hee-linds or Ee-linds!)... In your local accent say this phrase in your local dialect "that looks like a lovely baby!" then say it again in a scottish accent.... You probably sound quite nice when you say it, Scots accent sounds like we are thinking lovely with a sandwich and ketchup! :D

    But I do love hearing non-scots doing their scots accent... Instant smile regardless of how good or bad it is.
     
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    I love a Scottish accent on a female, very sexy
     
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    Having spent over ten years here, I completely concur with Graham's comment regarding regional accents - I've heard nice Weegie accents, and horrific ones that utterly mangle every word. I've known people from Edinburgh who obviously really really wish they were upper-class English toffs and accordingly sound like ******s, and also plenty of nice Lothian accents. I've heard some indecipherably guttural Highland and Aberdonian accents, and some nice lilting ones. The more time you spend here, the harder it is to say you like one accent and not another. Dare I say it, but a lot of the time it seems to come down to the relative education of the speaker too...

    One accent I hate seems to belong to a specific stratum in Scotland - nearly always middle-aged males who sound very earnest and sincere but also that they will punch your ****ing lights out if you dare to disagree with what they say, by the way. :D

    Also, among the younger generation there seems to be a similar thing going on in Ireland and Scotland (possibly England and Wales too, but I have no experience of that) where they have developed this incredibly annoying mid-Atlantic accent. Loads of Americanised inflections and intonations, mixed in with their regular local accent. I don't think it's a conscious thing but I find it very unattractive. I was queueing to get into a gig last Monday night and there was a crowd of students behind me and they sounded like they belonged on an unfunny American sitcom instead of a dirty Glasgow street.
     
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