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In the June 16 Doonesbury, Duke makes some additional suggestions about Tony Hayward's accent, adding to the GEICO gecko idea that we discussed yesterday:

There's a somewhat serious point here: Americans, despite being generally unfamiliar with the social and geographical complexities of British accents, have a surprisingly diverse range of emotional responses to them.

Today's Donnesbury strip continues the discussion:


  1. Jeanne said,

    June 17, 2010 @ 8:04 am

    Then, it's ok to be the antichrist if your PR rep sounds like a nice bloke?

  2. Jonathan Lundell said,

    June 17, 2010 @ 11:53 am

    A problem for me (raised Chicago/MN, long a resident of California) is that I hear the differences between British/Irish accents, but have no good way to anchor their identification. There are exceptions, presumably learned from TV & film: we can mostly distinguish Irish from Scottish from RP from Oz. And I think most of us recognize (roughly) Liverpool, and maybe even Yorkshire (if the Herriot adaptations are authentic-sounding, anyway). But while I hear a wide range of Scottish accents, I have no way of placing them (for example).

    OTOH, I find my self in much the same situation wrt the American South. I recognize a wide range of southern accents, and have a vague sense of TX vs TN vs VA vs whatever, but no real confidence in placing arbitrary speakers.

    I do find that I can generally distinguish between MN, WI & MB, though after 40 years in California I'm no longer confident of that.

  3. Corey said,

    June 19, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

    Mark, you've got to stop giving away the punchline in the header!

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