- Nov 16, 2011
- Wasting away again in Margaritaville
Scottish (East Calder from memory) Grandmother had an accent that was pretty strong - even having been in NZ for getting on 60 years, though 'came' to a small mining community with plenty of other Scots - and filled with 'localisms' (Tattie Bogle being the most memorable).
Most accents, including mine, seem, to me, to be born out of lazy pro(or e)nunciation and similar lazy speech - dropping/combining some words. Other contributors are words from 'old' languages. William's post demonstrates each of those! A Welsh guy (with wonderful lilt) I knew had a Norwegian wife. They went to a wedding in Newcastle area where she had no problem understanding the (Viking sourced) speech but he was lost!
Kiwi accent was once described by Dame Ngaio Marsh as 'Queens English spoken with the tongue sitting on the bottom of the mouth like a dead fish'!and the Aussie one as 'spoken while constantly squinting from the sun'!