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2 hours ago, nobleswood said:

Accents are funny things. I grew up in a rural area in Lincolnshire, only about 40 miles from Stewgnu's place really but I never visited.

From the town of Newark where I went to school, to Lincoln was about 17 miles and had it's own accent.

My parents were from Nottingham, 40 miles away, & I could hear the subtle change of accent & local slang.

Sheffield & Yorkshire was only 40 miles but a huge leap in how different the language sounds.

If you watch the BBC the programs are rich with accents from different parts of what is a small country  :D

Whenever I watch the Isle of Man, I can never understand anything when they interview those guys.  Half time I can't even understand the announcers.   They should use subtitles.  

George Bernard Shaw's observation that “The British and the Americans are two great peoples divided by a common language."  Perhaps so are the Brits?

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I am a dialect speaker, and I have thick accent when I (try to) talk CCD (Common Civilized Dutch).
In my dialect I can hear if someone is from my small village or another village 10 kms away.

As far as foreign languages go: all of the stuff on Dutch TV is subtitled, so I've learned to recognize al lot of english and german accents. And peculiarities from several regions, which I gladly use to p*ss off the locals  :grin:
 

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17 hours ago, Lucky Phil said:

I must say docc that I do like the southern accent. In that great Burns brothers docco on the Civil War there was a southern historian name Shelby Foote from memory. I could listen to him all day talk about anything.

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Shelby Foote forgot more about The Civil War than most others thought they knew . He was incredible , his phone # was listed and he would talk to anyone . It was rumored ( and I hope this was true ) Everything he sent to the publishers was in longhand and was printed unabridged or unedited . He was a sacred among Civil War historians . 

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13 hours ago, LowRyter said:

That's Ok, I'll bet none of us can understand anyone from New Orleans.  It's a native language that no one understands.

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My wife's grandfather would host Cajuns up her every year to hunt and hang out , James Edward would go there and spend time with them too . when the Cajuns were up here they  made sounds NO ONE knew what they were saying ! 

 Back in the 50s everyone in W Ky went to Jackson , Mi. to work . A friend said they would come back and visit and you " couldn't understand a thing they was sayin' ".

 

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1 hour ago, Admin Jaap said:

I am a dialect speaker, and I have thick accent when I (try to) talk CCD (Common Civilized Dutch).
In my dialect I can hear if someone is from my small village or another village 10 kms away.

As far as foreign languages go: all of the stuff on Dutch TV is subtitled, so I've learned to recognize al lot of english and german accents. And peculiarities from several regions, which I gladly use to p*ss off the locals  :grin:
 

I am always impressed with how fluent Noraly from Icthy Boots is, even on complex topics.

Whenever I watch the Isle of Man, I can never understand anything when they interview those guys.  Half time I can't even understand the announcers.   They should use subtitles.  

Have you watched the film on the Dunlop bike racing family ? They are barely understandable :lol: Classic stuff !

 

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Thanks to LowRyter for correctly quoting and attributing the paraphrase I posted on being "divided by a common language." George Bernard Shaw, one the greats!

The only thing I ever understood Joey Dunlop say was, "Hed doon, arse oop." :race:

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1 hour ago, gstallons said:

....He was a sacred among Civil War historians . 

As well as an icon among pipe smokers!

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Well, the Americans have just about had it. They are demanding and end to this pandemic!

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OK...maybe not.

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On 3/25/2020 at 6:31 AM, nobleswood said:

'Hed doon, arse oop'.       Head down, arse up :lol:

That is very nearly a complete American English translation. Yet, probably a good bet since "ass" means more than one thing to us . . . :huh:

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Refers to going fast on a racing bike, crouched down over the tank.:bier:

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7 hours ago, 68C said:

Refers to going fast on a racing bike, crouched down over the tank.:bier:

I never saw Joey (R.I.P.) in any other position.

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48 minutes ago, po18guy said:

I never saw Joey (R.I.P.) in any other position.

apart from when he was smokin a fag?

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