A while back I taught myself how to speak with a British accent for fun. Actually I did it so I could be more versatile in improvisation skits, but that’s a whole different story. It wasn’t a very good one, and at times it probably had some Scottish, Australian, South African or some aspects of other different types of British accents thrown in. I think it can be pretty convincing to the average American listener though.
Anyways, back to the story, I had the joy of working at a fast food joint which shall remain nameless. I took it as an opportunity to work on practicing the art of the British accent. I think I did pretty well. I used it for about two days straight (about 5 hours each day). I even trained one new guy with it.
Here’s the funny part. On the second day, actual British people came in (or what sounded like British people to my untrained ear). I heard them speak and I immediately became offended. I thought to myself, is this guy trying to copy my speech? Did I just hear him speak without an accent, now he’s definitely mocking me… Perhaps it was the fear of being caught not having a real British accent. I’m not quite sure. Either way I stuck with it for fun.
Maybe the story isn’t so funny. Maybe it’s just interesting. Interesting that a person could be offended by situation like this.