It’s a fairly obvious joke and yet

The real point here is to non-native English speakers.

That’s a very, very, calmed down Cornish accent. Adjusted so that folks outside the county have even a hope of understanding it.

Most will know what Geordie, or Cockney, sounds like. But that we’ve got all three – and many, many more – in the one small country explains that BBC accent. It’s the only damn way we can understand each other.

9 thoughts on “It’s a fairly obvious joke and yet”

  1. Kenny Everett wanted to name a character Mary Hinge, but the BBC vetoed it. They let him get away with Cupid Stunt though.

  2. I’ve always found the BBC accent hard to follow. Missing consonants, diphthongs instead of vowels, the speech too slow and lacking natural stress patterns. Not up to snuff.

    And the BBC/estuarial compromise is worse: whole syllables have vanished.

  3. @Ottokring, you have that backwards, Mary Hinge was being held in reserve in case Cupid Stunt was vetoed.

  4. The BBC are so cringingly sensitive to potential criticism that they now have a range of regional accents. If there’s one thing the BBC seems to hate more than Trump and Brexit, it’s the old stuffy BBC of posh accents and impartiality.

  5. All we Americans have to work off of is Jimmy Carr’s “Coca-Cola, rollacoasta” and “chicken-and-a-can-of-Coke” exercises.

    Other than that, they’re all just British to us.

    If you want to hear an interesting American dialect, check out Pittsburghese. Most Yanks don’t even know about that one.

  6. How much of those regional accents are still found amongst the younger generation though? Kids these days sound more like Peppa Pig than anything.

    Here’s a clip of some primary school kids in Hexham describing why they love their town. There’s still a regional accent, but it’s much weaker than a couple of generations ago. Or are they putting on their best RP accent for the TV cameras? https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/50677794

  7. Definitely toned down, because there’s not enough f*cks and c*nts in there…. 😛

    Note that the asterisk is not for censorship purposes, but to indicate the miriads of sounds the brits put into that spot locally.. 😉

  8. Here’s and anecdote….

    Born in Briz, brought up in darkest Summerzet from the age of 8 so well versed in the accents of both – and for all you Brummie and Taff grockles they ARE in fact very, very different – try talking ‘Knowle West’ to a bloke from Middlezoy and see how far you get.

    Anyway, as a teenager I used to ‘stick-up’ for my Dad’s skittle team. We went to a place called Burtle out on the levels for an away match one dark Thursday. Old boy sticking up for the home team was about 80 years old (or seemed that way to me) and he held forth his views all evening – I had no idea what he was on about but punctuated the conversation with ‘Arrr’ ‘Owww?’ or ‘Nah’ when a response seemed to be required….. we got on famously.

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