RE: Bush's War on Terrorism

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    Hi All

    > Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 07:22:53 -0700
    > From: "Grant Callaghan" <>
    > Subject: RE: Bush's War on Terrorism
    > Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 09:23:38 -0400
    >> Good morning, mites,
    >> Accents...
    >> My rule of thumb is that when I run into someone speaking english with an
    >> accent, I can be sure that he/she is perceiving me to have just as much of
    >> one...
    >> Chairs,
    >> Lawrence
    >>> <And I'm non. I'm a Yorkshireman.>
    >>> That explains so much... :-)
    >>> Yes, it's amusing to hear the term 'British' accent, but then I
    >>> suppose people over hear will talk of an 'American' accent too. Of
    >> course
    >>> familiarity with a range of American accents is more likely in
    >>> Britain than
    >>> vice versa, if only due to the predominance of US TV shows on UK
    >>> TV. Current
    >>> TV favourites of mine include almost exclusively American shows- The
    >> West
    >>> Wing, 24 (please don't tell me what happens!), The X-Files,
    >>> Smallville, ER,
    >>> and Malcolm in the Middle.
    >>> As we used to say in my home town (Maidstone in Kent), we have pubs
    >>> three times older than the USA.
    >>> Vincent
    > You also have more different accents of English than the whole North
    > American continent, and a good number of them are unintelligible to us
    > continentals. Come on over and take a butcher's.
    > Cheers,

    Try this for size

    "Bite Bigger" By John Hartley.

    As aw hurried throo th' taan to mi wark,
    (Aw wur lat, for all th' whisles had goan,)
    Aw happen'd to hear a remark,
    'At ud fotch tears throo th' heart ov a stooan. -
    It wur raanin, an' snawin, an' cowd,
    An' th' flagstooans wur covered wi' muck,
    An' th'east wind booath whistled an' howl'd,
    It saanded like nowt but ill luck;

    (There is more but it is hell making deliberate typo's!)

    The above was written in circa 1880, and it is still clinging on in Bradford
    (Bra'fth) Move twenty miles and it changes. In some parts they can tell what
    part of the West Riding you are from. Now it is melding into one Yorkshire
    accent without the local dialects as people travel more and more and the TV
    becomes homogenised.

    But that is true of many accents dialects and even languages, sadly.

    Translation will follow if desired :-)



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