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Language is something that is constantly evolving...get off your high horse. Accents are beautiful.

Uh, no. There's many correct ways to pronounce things.

There's a reason why they put r's at the end of some words, britfags.

Bretts avatar Brett No Way +39Reply
@Brett There's a reason why they put r's at the end of some words, britfags.

How do you have such a high comment rating when you comment is so insulting?

@Brett There's a reason why they put r's at the end of some words, britfags.

Americans say 'and' wrong. They say 'end' when it clearly has a friggin' A. Fuckin' Americans.

Anonymous -9Reply
@Americans say 'and' wrong. They say 'end' when it clearly has a friggin' A. Fuckin' Americans.

I know in the South, we kind of drop the "a" and the "d" and just use the "n," but I have never heard an American say end instead of and.

@sara24 sad you don't sound as hot as they do?

Sad you don't look as hot as us?

Bretts avatar Brett No Way +40Reply
@sara24 I'm not british

Then why were you arguing for their accent

Bretts avatar Brett No Way +27Reply
@Brett Then why were you arguing for their accent

I like the way it sounds, but I do think that American english is clearer and easier to understand

@sara24 I like the way it sounds, but I do think that American english is clearer and easier to understand

yeah maybe because you come from america
to the rest of the world you sound like cowboys

DougalHansons avatar DougalHanson Yeah You Are +6Reply
@DougalHanson yeah maybe because you come from america to the rest of the world you sound like cowboys

But there are many ways to pronounce things in America as well! Not everyone has a southern accent. Or a New England accent. There is no one American accent, just like there is no ONE British accent. A person from London will speak differently than one from Liverpool. So I agree that the the English language originated from England, but that doesn't mean its the only way to speak it. America is a melting pot of different cultures, so it is only natural that we don't speak English the same way England does.

actually....http://www.nicholasjohnpatrick....ritish-accents
so american accents came first, and therefore americans pronounce things properly :p
but british accents are still amusing :]

Anonymous +37Reply
@actually....http://www.nicholasjohnpatrick....ritish-accents so...

Sorry, but the bit in that article about all British accents being 'non-rhotic' is bollocks. I'm from the South of England and speak 'BBC English' as they so call it and know perfectly well how I pronounce a word.
Meh, I think this whole debate's pointless anyway. (:

@thinkfathomless Sorry, but the bit in that article about all British accents being 'non-rhotic' is bollocks. I'm from the South of...

It didn't say all British accents are non-rhotic. It said "the terms “British accent” and “American accent” are oversimplifications; there were, and still are, many constantly-evolving regional British and American accents." That means there are different accents in different areas.

@actually....http://www.nicholasjohnpatrick....ritish-accents so...

ERM you speak English, which kind of means that the English speak it properly.

Anonymous -6Reply

Wot?! Wiey un tuh bluddeh ell wos tis mahd thuh POTD?

This is what I used to think when I was five. Then I did this wonderous thing called "maturing." It's very complex, and I'm not sure if the OP would understand it.

This is POTD because Anthony is British, isn't it?
I see how it is.
Some people haven't gotten over the revolutionary war..

JennaGees avatar JennaGee No Way +19Reply

What do we pronounce wrong? Just wondering...

Richards avatar Richard No Way +14Reply
@Richard What do we pronounce wrong? Just wondering...

The fact that you pronounce the o's like a's? Maybe?
Or the fact that the d's are more like r's?

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@326175

Oh, I meant t's

@BobWilson Oh, I meant t's

actually d's too, as in ladder

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Why would I want an american accent if I have a british one which is the proper way to pronounce things?

@BobWilson Why would I want an american accent if I have a british one which is the proper way to pronounce things?

Wow. Perhaps you should consider eating a slice of humble pie and shutting up.
We are different COUNTRIES and if I recall, a majority of us speak ENGLISH. You go to Africa and you will find people that speak english perfectly, but it sounds different then how people in America or England speak. Does that make them wrong? NO.
English is the most common found language in the world, and we all say things differently. No one is right, no one is wrong when it comes to pronouncing words. Well....unless you pronounce Cat as Fhieghirgnirguherfofim. Then you might need some help.
Also, I have never met someone who said 'warer' or anything of the sort. And I'm in a country based-cowboy filled town where 80% of the people have a drawl.
Yet these are my opinions, you are entitled to your own.

@BobWilson Why would I want an american accent if I have a british one which is the proper way to pronounce things?

Everyone needs to stop the argument cause there is no seriously old book from the time that the english language was made saying how to say certain words. Accents are accents there not the language it's just how you say a certain word.

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@326146

Not a word, everything you pronounce!
For example... umm.. dog!
Americans say something like daaag
and... water!
Americans say like warer, with a rolling 'r' sound

@BobWilson Not a word, everything you pronounce! For example... umm.. dog! Americans say something like daaag and...

Such a pointless argument. Do you REALLY care about this? It's so stupid. We both speak the same language. If you and me were to meet up and talk we would both understand each other. So what's the big deal?

Richards avatar Richard No Way +23Reply
@Richard Such a pointless argument. Do you REALLY care about this? It's so stupid. We both speak the same language. If...

I apologize for my argument which is, as you mentioned, pointless. My intention was not to insult Americans but to point out how we pronounce differently. I may have been wrong to call your pronunciation wrong. After all, who's to say what's wrong?

To whom I do not apologize is to Damaged, who clearly went to insult instead of having a solid argument, so Damaged, shut up, you are worthless.

I apologize again, rboyer23

@BobWilson I apologize for my argument which is, as you mentioned, pointless. My intention was not to insult Americans but to...

Oh it's alright. An argument is good every once in awhile and thanks for being mature about it rather than being a huge douche lol.

@BobWilson Not a word, everything you pronounce! For example... umm.. dog! Americans say something like daaag and...

i have never heard any american pronounce water warer or dog daag. get over yourself. there are different ways to pronounce things. like data. you can say it day-ta or dah-ta but both are correct. same with british and american spelling color and colour are both correct.

@BobWilson Not a word, everything you pronounce! For example... umm.. dog! Americans say something like daaag and...

My friend says gat instead of got, but that's just because he was from a certain part of the state that speaks a little differently. And when we say ladder, it doesn't sound like latter. I'm American, and I'm sorry, you're wrong.

British: "Can I have a spo' of tea, sah?"
American: "Can you pour me some tea, sir?"

Which sounds right?

Anonymous +13Reply
@British: "Can I have a spo' of tea, sah?" American: "Can you pour me some tea, sir?" Which sounds right?

American: true dat

British: I do say that your comment was absoLUTELY coherent and thought-provoking and not shallow and pedantic in the least. Fine thinking, sah.

@British: "Can I have a spo' of tea, sah?" American: "Can you pour me some tea, sir?" Which sounds right?

BRITAIN IS NOT A LITTLE VILLAGE WHERE EVERYONE KNOWS EACH OTHER AND SHARES JAM. THERE ARE A FEW COUNTRIES AND REGIONS.

@StaceysDad BRITAIN IS NOT A LITTLE VILLAGE WHERE EVERYONE KNOWS EACH OTHER AND SHARES JAM. THERE ARE A FEW COUNTRIES AND REGIONS.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR CAPS LOCK BUTTON? IS IT STUCK? YOU MIGHT WANT TO GET THAT FIXED!

Anonymous +4Reply
@British: "Can I have a spo' of tea, sah?" American: "Can you pour me some tea, sir?" Which sounds right?

Actually, I think you're thinking of either a regional Northern accent or another regional accent. The stereotypical British person speaks nothing like that. I should know. :L

@British: "Can I have a spo' of tea, sah?" American: "Can you pour me some tea, sir?" Which sounds right?

actually, the american for that should be "yall should git some tea now, yahear?"

@yddraigarian actually, the american for that should be "yall should git some tea now, yahear?"

I consider Tennessee to be its own country, so they don't count! Lol, jk.

@yddraigarian actually, the american for that should be "yall should git some tea now, yahear?"

do you know how many states actually talk like that?

not very many. and even in those states, a lot of people don't even talk like that.

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@do you know how many states actually talk like that? not very many. and even in those states, a lot of people...

well not a lot of brits talk like the english example up there. this is exactly my point, thank you :]

@yddraigarian well not a lot of brits talk like the english example up there. this is exactly my point, thank you :]

you should take it as a compliment that americans think you talk that way. most americans put a british accent at high esteem and it represents upper class. I myself hope to make a home in england someday, and it would just be nice if people didn't assume i'm a kentucky hick.

Anonymous +1Reply
@yddraigarian actually, the american for that should be "yall should git some tea now, yahear?"

Wow. I live in Louisiana and i only hear like 1 every 20 people talk like that.

@Umm, nice try, but we're not all country. Dick.

nice try, but we dont all leave consonants out of our words.

should not be POTD! ono smilie

@Ellen should not be POTD!

Why not? It humored me

JamiLovesYous avatar JamiLovesYou Yeah You Are +3Reply
@JamiLovesYou Why not? It humored me

i don't know.. like it made me laugh and all, but it isn't the funniest i have ever seen

@Ellen i don't know.. like it made me laugh and all, but it isn't the funniest i have ever seen

Eh, I don't think POTD is really for the most funniest, imo of course.

JamiLovesYous avatar JamiLovesYou Yeah You Are 0Reply
@Ellen i don't know.. like it made me laugh and all, but it isn't the funniest i have ever seen

It's not always meant to be funny; it can also be interesting or thought provoking. Or snarky, in this case. :P

@SalientK It's not always meant to be funny; it can also be interesting or thought provoking. Or snarky, in this case. :P

idk doesn't seem to be "awesome" to me. but it isn't my decision so oh well! until tomorrow at 7pm!

The proper way to say it is "Where the hell did you get that GARBAGE from?"

Learn the proper way.

(that was sarcasm)

Anonymous +11Reply

Ahem. There is no 'correct' way to pronounce, for example, the letter r. It's just a line on a page. The only thing connecting the written letter to the sound we make with our mouths is convention, an agreement between people; when you change the people, very often you also change the agreement. Saying that one convention is correct while another is wrong is like saying "Silly Germans, this isn't an apfel, it's an apple. How could you be so wrong?"

This is like when spanish people argue what country speaks spanish the most correct. Pointless.

The English accent doesn't pronounce their r's right. Example: car. they say it something like cah....well no. lol its much more harder to type than to say. But all i'm saying is that i think the American accent is the more correct one. I do love English accents, they're beautiful, but i think Americans can pronounce better.

@bri_xD The English accent doesn't pronounce their r's right. Example: car. they say it something like cah....well no. lol...

I think that's the difference between rhotic and non-rhotic speech. Americans pronounce the letter R, while the British don't do it as often. That doesn't mean it's incorrect, though, just because the written letter aren't pronounced.

I mean, look at the French language. They don't pronounce a lot of their letter, but what are you going to say? "You're speaking your language incorrectly?" It's just a stylistic approach that evolved, and apparently a popular style: French and English accents are usually highly regarded.

@SalientK I think that's the difference between rhotic and non-rhotic speech. Americans pronounce the letter R, while the...

Love it!

This post is stupid, we all speak English (those of us who actually speak English, obviously French people speak French, and so-on), end of story. There are literally thousands of different accents and pronunciations within the English language that no one could be correct and none could be wrong.

@bri_xD The English accent doesn't pronounce their r's right. Example: car. they say it something like cah....well no. lol...

Here in New England states, we don't pronounce our r's "correctly" either. We say things like "cah', "yahd" etc.

@Captain_Coconut Here in New England states, we don't pronounce our r's "correctly" either. We say things like "cah', "yahd" etc.

In Boston (maybe other places I don't know of), they say "cah" and "yahd", not in New Jersey (where I live), or any other states around here that I've been to.

@AnnDeeva In Boston (maybe other places I don't know of), they say "cah" and "yahd", not in New Jersey (where I live), or any...

Well, up here in Maine we do. Of course the accent all depends if they're a transplant or not. I wasn't grouping New Jersey in anyway, seeing as it isn't a New England state.

This is like saying the Chinese don't pronounce English correctly while they're speaking Chinese. In England you speak differently than we do so it's not going to be the exact same language. For example we say "pants" and you say "trousers" (I know that because of my British friend).
So you pronounce your language correctly and we pronounce ours correctly.

if you do your research you will find that the current english accent developed after the "american" accent

Anonymous +9Reply

ok, umm...there is no friggin' 'right' way to say something. accents are acquired, and no one accent is right. it's just the way it is. accents are what separate us from one another, they're part of our culture. this is actually a really ignorant comment, and they aren't right.

there's no such thing as being a douchebag. it's just the effect created when one believes they're superior to everyone else and expresses it rudely.

Anonymous +9Reply

Why are most people talking about British accents instead of just english ones like it says in the post? Us Welsh'uns speak totally different, along witht the Scotts and the Irish people. But don't wory, I'm only saying this because I have nothing interesting to bring to this debate and feel left out.

I hate how brits pronounce the word "literally". It sounds like "lit-trolly"

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Old post, but I'm going to comment anyway.

We are both pronouncing it differently from how it's spelled.
"Lit-trolley" is leaving out a syllable, "Liderally" is not pronouncing the "t".

Anonymous 0Reply
@I hate how brits pronounce the word "literally". It sounds like "lit-trolly"

Hate is such a strong word . . . but wow, you really hit the nail on the head with that one.

tea_s avatar tea_ Yeah You Are 0Reply
@I hate how brits pronounce the word "literally". It sounds like "lit-trolly"

as opposed to the American "LIRRRRREEEERRALLLLLLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY"

Hahahaha. This is too ridiculous to even be an argument, 'course there's no right or wrong way to say things. But it sure is fun to watch.

Personally I think Canadian accents are VERY sexy. Just saying.

Both America and England have way loads of different accents in different parts of the country, so saying that Britain does it better is generalising. Even though it is ENGLISH, even the English speak with different accents. Like London and Liverpool accents are totally different. So that's a stupid thing to say. I'm British btw.

Anonymous +6Reply

There are just some words everyone should say, like blimey, rubbish, and grotesque. I know that last one isn't specifically English, but more people should say it. Of course no one should pronounce Tuna as Teuna. It's just wrong.

There are tons of different accents within England as well. Which of them are pronouncing it properly? Cockneys? Scousers? Geordies? Brummies? Mancunians? There is no "right" way to say anything.

British accents are easier to understand.
All I can hear from America is "Oh mah GAWD! That's TEWTALLY AWEEEESOME. WaDAWP ADAM!!"
Oh, and British ancestors actually sailed over to America, so the British accent has been around for a longer time than the American accent. And so what if Americans diverged their accent? It doesn't make them have the proper pronunciation, they CHANGED their accent so nonetheless it is far less stable than the British accent which was around before America was even discovered.

Whackas avatar Whacka Yeah You Are +5Reply
@Whacka British accents are easier to understand. All I can hear from America is "Oh mah GAWD! That's TEWTALLY AWEEEESOME...

That isn't the point of the original post, he's saying there's NO British accent when there is, even though it has the proper pronunciation.

Anonymous +1Reply
@Whacka British accents are easier to understand. All I can hear from America is "Oh mah GAWD! That's TEWTALLY AWEEEESOME...

I'll say this again; just because a language is older or whatever, doesn't make it right. Trace language back to grunts and noises on that logic, it's the oldest and therefore the proper way to speak!

I'm from Britain..and tbh half the people from England don't pronounce words properly anyway and talk like 'chavs' which I hate..I'm not sure if all Americans know what Chavs are but ah well. But I still accept that's how some people talk. Everyone talks different, doesn't mean it's wrong.

Oh dear. So much drama on this one comment. It's hilarous. I'm American and I perfer British accents, mostly because I am a 14 year old girl whos hormones are crazy. ;D haha. Stop aguring you guys. We all speak English, no one is speaking Spanish- ha, joke. I'm Dominican. Don't worry. Ha, THIS WOULD BE A HILAROUS AGUREMENT TO WATCH IN REAL LIFE. haaa<3

Anonymous +4Reply

I live in the USA and I hate it when people use stereotypical British accents.
Ex: "Well, good DAY, sah! I HOPE you had an absoLUTEly WONdahful day! Blimey! I am late foh wohk! I DO have to go! Pip pip, cheerio!"

I'm pretty sure there are more accents in the world and not just a british English or American English one.

Anonymous +3Reply

At the end of the day, Britain>America. Come on, if you were to choose your own accents, you'd pick English accent over American accent ANYDAY.

Anonymous +3Reply

How do you even know what proper is? It's like assuming that everyone sees purple as well... Purple. This post is bullshit because something like this cannot be argued. Australians, who came from Brits technically should have the same accent, yet it's EXTREMELY different. L2argue the argueable. (besides all accents have an attractive qualit about them)

Anonymous +3Reply

Technically English is derived from many languages the most prominent being Latin so if you're arguing where English started you should shut the fuck up because its not like they made up even half the words themselves

All of these comments remind me of this:

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Enjoy. (:

Then why are there sub-accents among accents (i.e New York, Southern)?

@Tinkerbell Then why are there sub-accents among accents (i.e New York, Southern)?

I think it usually reflects the interaction between different cultures and languages in the region.

i never seen a POTD with so much negative lol

Anonymous +2Reply
@i never seen a POTD with so much negative lol

I'm sure there have been worse.

Btw, does anyone know if there is an archive of POTDs?

um, no. brits have it wrong. but AMERICANS have it worse. SOUTH AFRICAN ACCENT IS THE WAY TO GO

I'm reading all of these comments in my mind in a Welsh accent anyway, so it doesn't really matter to me as much :P

this is rather funny. i mean really. its an accident. If the end of the world comes who is really gonna fucking care?

There's no right or wrong way to say English words. There isn't a right or wrong for any language at all. It might SEEM like it, but it's traditional. Traditional does NOT mean RIGHT. It's just how much that way is accepted.

Like if we spoke English like the Russians do for centuries, then some guy would talk like how we do NOW and we'd think he's a freak. (just trying to example it)

@rockerman1080 There's no right or wrong way to say English words. There isn't a right or wrong for any language at all. It might...

I agree! Another example.. We could change the time from 12:00 midnight to 9:00AM. It would still be right! But it would be dark at 9 and bright at 12.

Jimmy Carr says this in his standup routine

Anonymous +1Reply

"English" accent? Hate to break it to you but.....there's quite a few.

@StaceysDad "English" accent? Hate to break it to you but.....there's quite a few.

Hate to break it to you but... I think she was talking about it in general.

UrkiNs avatar UrkiN Yeah You Are 0Reply

I love how everyone points straight to Americans when they're talking about how we 'butchered the language and pronunciation' but in reality American's aren't the only ones who speak fucking English in this world god damn it.

I assume this is a joke meant to jack with people. Accents don't bother me at all. That said, I don't go gaga over them either.As long as the person is understood, who gives a damn.

I can't believe I started to read all of these comments. Hate to break it to you guys, but this is just a silly waste of time.

Anonymous +1Reply

Trolling; You're Doing it Right.

Anonymous +1Reply

well i think we would need a third party to decide this.

but this post made me laugh. i only nw'd it cuz i'm american :P

jens avatar jen No Way 0Reply

for some reason, a lot of people I meet seem to think I'm british...and others think I'm a boy. So, apperently, I'm a british boy insted of an american girl...

DIAGON ALLEY. DIAGONALLY. Thank goodness I pronounce the latter the "American" way, otherwise we would be dropping Harry Potter references everywhere.

Anonymous 0Reply

YES YES ...the Angles INVENTED english but even among themselves they have different accents, thats why i put "no way"

I clicked yes, but now i am not so sure. Sometimes when i hear lots of people talking with a british accent, say on a tv show, those feelings of happiness and elation at the wonder of the sound seem to fade a bit.
What im trying to say is that i think we do need other accents, if only so we can truly appreciate British ones.

Anonymous 0Reply

well.... i love the brit accent and sometimes i talk like it because its pretty cool. but i'm american

Anonymous 0Reply

Mid-land accent FTW!

Your right, the English created the English language, and the Americans 'messed with it'.

JT874s avatar JT874 Yeah You Are 0Reply

holy shit. this is the POTD?!

This argument really made me laugh.. I mean, come on guys, seriously?! I think the original post was meant to be a joke anyway so.. Yeah. I'm English and do love my accent but I really hate it when Americans either complain about the way we pronouce things, vice versa or when people argue about which is correct. I mean, seriously, get over it. Yeah, so, the language evolved from Latin, Greek, Germanic languages and assorted other influences in England but people did their own thing with it. So what. Go into etymology if you really care.

However, the British posts being marked down and American posts marked up at the top is kind of stupid.. It's really not a big deal.

As far as I'm concerned nothing is funnier than the real townie wexford (that's in Ireland folks) accent. Youtube it I'm sure there's something on it :) of course the Dub accent is pretty funny too

@bobpantsspongesquare As far as I'm concerned nothing is funnier than the real townie wexford (that's in Ireland folks) accent. Youtube...

By Dub I'm assuming you mean Dublin? Well anyway I love how they say motherfucker as MODDAHFUCKAH I always laugh

@raquelthewombat By Dub I'm assuming you mean Dublin? Well anyway I love how they say motherfucker as MODDAHFUCKAH I always laugh

Yeah the good ol' dubliners! Personally I like Jayz-us (Jesus). And no Im not trying to start a Religious debate with anyone reading this :)

in ur fase johnjammersmitherdude no1 aree http://www.amirite.net/393880 w/ u!!!

Anonymous 0Reply

I think all the singers on here will agree with me when i say: singing with a Brittish accent creates a much more beautiful tone and gets rid of all the ugly r's we use in America.

Anonymous 0Reply

I didn't read all these comments...
But just throwing this out there..John Oliver, the comedian, said this like, two years ago.

English came from England, which is why he is saying there is no Englsh accets. There is an American accent, numerous ones, on the English language, and there are numerous accents within England itself. But the poster is correct. &he never said there aren't such things as accents, just that there aren't English ones.

tea_s avatar tea_ Yeah You Are 0Reply

Ever heard of the British Accent (for example)? They have one.

stole it from a comedian, heard a british comic say it before. Your unorigional and discust me that you took that as your credit.

Anonymous -1Reply

This was only made POTD because anthony is British, way to play "favourites".

i think american accents are correct, well proper american accents(:

a potd going negative?

JamiLovesYous avatar JamiLovesYou Yeah You Are +1Reply

the word again, why do we Americans say, "Ah-gen" when by spelling it obviously should be said "ah-gain"

ain is NOT en

YOHOHO AND A BOTTLE OF RUM. lolololol oj gin? but seriously is it not and then again why? jajaja

Anonymous -1Reply

Seriously, this became British vs. American? A lot of other countries speak English with their own accents. Fuck you guys. This is why the American colonists stopped putting up with you; you and your damn high horses got on EVERYONE'S nerves.

Fuck you.
Fuck you.
Fuck you.
Fuck you.
Fuck you.
Fuck you.
Fuck you.
Fuck you.
Fuck you.
Fuck you.
Fuck you.
Fuck you.
Fuck you.
Fuck you.
Fuck you.
Fuck you.
Fuck you.
Fuck you.

Is how this whole conversation made me feel.

& Yes I realize I sound ignorant by cursing so much, but I don't FUCKING care.

Lizzys avatar Lizzy No Way -1Reply
@Lizzy Seriously, this became British vs. American? A lot of other countries speak English with their own accents. Fuck...

It's not the cursing that makes you sound ignorant, it's the history bit. And the generalisation bit. Just saying.

thinkfathomlesss avatar thinkfathomless Yeah You Are +3Reply

what is amirite? coming to with a negative quote of the day?

Anonymous -4Reply
@what is amirite? coming to with a negative quote of the day?

(rambo+monkey): *POST of the day. And it's not the first.

Anonymous +1Reply

I hate it when people say there are multiple ways to pronounce things, then many people out there sound like bloody idiots. Same with grammar and spelling...

Anonymous -5Reply

i love english accents. but that's not the correct pronunciation.
really west coast americans pronounce all their letter sounds

Don't assume that you know anything about the British culture. Stupid poster.

Anonymous -6Reply
@Don't assume that you know anything about the British culture. Stupid poster.

And don't assume that the poster isn't British. Stupid annoymous.

Think about it, America MUST have the correct pronunciation. Other wise why would they be talking so slow...?

Anonymous -6Reply

teh brits ahh faggots.

Anonymous -7Reply
@teh brits ahh faggots.

People can't be a bundle of sticks!

Canadian accents surpass both the American and British forms.

Anonymous -8Reply
@Canadian accents surpass both the American and British forms.

From what I can tell, Canadian accents aren't terribly different from American accents or, for that matter, New Zealand accents. We're not the only ones who decided to keep pronouncing our Rs, apparently. :P

@SalientK From what I can tell, Canadian accents aren't terribly different from American accents or, for that matter, New...

I've got to say, as a New Zealander, Canadian accents are NOTHING like our accents. I know heaps of Canadians that live here and their accents sound more like accents from the USA. We don't pronounce our r's. Seriously. They're no where near the same.

@SalientK From what I can tell, Canadian accents aren't terribly different from American accents or, for that matter, New...

Most New Zealanders definitely do not say their r's. Only people from places like Gore in the south pronounce their r's...

Anonymous +2Reply
@Most New Zealanders definitely do not say their r's. Only people from places like Gore in the south pronounce their...

Oh. Well, there was a period when I was researching New Zealand out of pure interest, and most of people in the videos I saw had very similar accents to what I'm used to. Maybe they were all filmed in Gore? I don't know, but that's just the impression I got. You sound knowledgeable, though.

@SalientK From what I can tell, Canadian accents aren't terribly different from American accents or, for that matter, New...

My Canadian accent is far different from anything I've heard in the States. But my Canadian accent is a east coast one. There are hundreds of different accents throughout Canada alone. And my friend Stew is from NZ, he had an awesome accent!

Of course this is going to get heaps of 'No ways', there's more Americans on here than English. But the English accent was the first way of speaking English. However, since then, it has evolved in different bits of the country.

@Kaitlyn Of course this is going to get heaps of 'No ways', there's more Americans on here than English. But the English...

Actually, if you haven't seen all the other comments with facts and articles to back them up, the first way of speaking English in Britain was closer to today's American accent.

@Alyssa Actually, if you haven't seen all the other comments with facts and articles to back them up, the first way of...

I'm pretty sure that if you did your research you'd find out that speech started out as grunts and noises. So by your logic, because it's older, it must be correct.

Ugh! Grr! Huh!

@twisted_memories I'm pretty sure that if you did your research you'd find out that speech started out as grunts and noises. So by...

I didn't say it was the correct way, I said it was the first way. Of English, not speech. And I said it because Kaitlyn said that the English accent was the first way of speaking English, and it wasn't.

You people are all retarded. America rocks, England sucks. End of story.

Anonymous -21Reply
@You people are all retarded. America rocks, England sucks. End of story.

You're just mad because when you go over seas you have to wear a Canadian flag.

Actually, Great Britain MADE the English language, we have the correct pronunciation - it's you Americans that pronounce it wrong.

SergeantPenguins avatar SergeantPenguin Yeah You Are -23Reply
@SergeantPenguin Actually, Great Britain MADE the English language, we have the correct pronunciation - it's you Americans that...

Did you read the articles that Anonymous posted? The original "British" accent went through more changes while the American accent remained rhotic.

When you think about it, it makes sense: England, the country of the language's origin, had more authority over its changing course. The United States, the borrower of the language, felt less authorized to change it. It's all very interesting.

Of course, neither one is more correct than the other, because both are accepted.

@SalientK Did you read the articles that Anonymous posted? The original "British" accent went through more changes while the...

wtf, that doesn't make sense. Do you really think that the US "felt less authorized". Were they thinking "Oh, no we better to keep the pronounciation the same so we don't offend the Brits." I doubt it, especially in that time period. During the American revolution, they wanted nothing to do with Britain so they would actually have been more likely to change the language just to spite the British.

But I agree with the rest of your comment though.

@soccerfan wtf, that doesn't make sense. Do you really think that the US "felt less authorized". Were they thinking "Oh, no we...

Either one makes sense, if you ask me. It's not always the obvious answer that's true, but then again, sometimes it is.

@soccerfan wtf, that doesn't make sense. Do you really think that the US "felt less authorized". Were they thinking "Oh, no we...

Actually, the British are where the southern accents came from. It's the attempt from colonies like Georgia (the Loyalists in the American Revolution - The ones who fought on the British side) to sound just like the British, because they thought everything they did was the right way. Just saying, it wasn't that the Americans wanted nothing to do with the Brits...

Lizzys avatar Lizzy No Way 0Reply
@Lizzy Actually, the British are where the southern accents came from. It's the attempt from colonies like Georgia (the...

The middle colonies, not the southern ones, held the majority of loyalists. Patriots controlled most of the south and suppressed any loyalist support there, so your theory doesn't fit. Besides, even if it were true, the fact that their children would grow up in an independent US would mostly eliminate this loyalist influence. But I was just saying it's unlikely that any of that had anything to do with the changing of the accents. It was more likely just a natural evolution of speech due more to the influx of different cultures and languages than political motivation.

Right! Americans are so wrong.

Anonymous -34Reply
@Right! Americans are so wrong.

The only reason this got negative is because there are more americans on this site. You americans just think your the best

DougalHansons avatar DougalHanson Yeah You Are +9Reply
@DougalHanson The only reason this got negative is because there are more americans on this site. You americans just think your...

I find it HILARIOUS that you act like ALL Americans are patriots.

America sucks. I'm American. There are American accents, Australian accents, English accents... It's all accents. English was not the first original language ever created, so you have an accent. We ALL have accents.

DougalHanson, you stereotype Americans. Not ALL of us decide to be dumbass, Jesus-obsessed, nationalistic pieces of shit. And trust me, the majority of people leading America ARE dumbass Jesus-obsessed nationalistic pieces of shit, but just because the majority is does not mean everyone is. Learn a thing or 2 about stereotypes. You English blokes have some. Buck toothed, suit-wearing, beer-hating, pussies. That's your stereotype over here, and I know it's not true for every Englishman (fuck, it's not even the majority).

I'd appreciate it if you were a little less patriotic/nationalistic and more reasonable and rational, or else you're being a hypocrite.

@Prof_E I don't think a majority of people are jesus-obsesssed.... depends on where you are

Most states are Jesusland. It's annoying as fuck. I hate conservative areas.

@AdonisBatheus I find it HILARIOUS that you act like ALL Americans are patriots. America sucks. I'm American. There are American...

Us English blokes? How come you automatically class everyone who is not American as English?
I'm Australian.
America uses 25% of the world's oil and is only 4% of the world's population. If anything your greedy and self righteous.

DougalHansons avatar DougalHanson Yeah You Are -2Reply
@DougalHanson Us English blokes? How come you automatically class everyone who is not American as English? I'm...

It's an internet thing. England and America are at each other's throats, and I'm a former /b/tard so every time I see somebody bitch about America, they're normally English.

Also because the OP is about ENGLAND AND AMERICA.

If you mean "your" as in "you're" as in "the big business men and leaders", then yes, I agree. But if you mean "your" as in "you're" as in "you yourself are greedy and self righteous," then you are so wrong. I don't consider myself human because I hate humans, but I can say that I'm no different than you are, most likely. Maybe I live in a smaller or larger house, maybe I have little or more friends, and maybe our personalities are similar or different, but in the end I'm still a person. You act as if we're the ONLY country who thinks we're all that.

@AdonisBatheus It's an internet thing. England and America are at each other's throats, and I'm a former /b/tard so every time I...

And by "I don't consider myself human," I don't mean I'm any better than them. I consider myself an alien. And all of my friends. Any friend of mine that is human I will hate.

@AdonisBatheus It's an internet thing. England and America are at each other's throats, and I'm a former /b/tard so every time I...

You don't consider yourself human...
I mean you are as in Americans as a whole
major generalisation

DougalHansons avatar DougalHanson Yeah You Are 0Reply
@DougalHanson You don't consider yourself human... I mean you are as in Americans as a whole major generalisation

I don't consider myself human because I hate humans. It's a me thing.

I am an American but for fucks sake, man, I am NOT greedy. You're a real asshole and retard if you actually think the people are like the leaders of America (the leaders are fucking 'tards) and the big CEOs of America. We may be the richest, but our education? Shitty. Religion? Shitty. Judicial system? Shitty. Capitalism? Shitty (it's not even full capitalism, it's socialism and capitalism mixed together). It's all pretty shitty, and I can tell you that one, I am not greedy. Two, America sucks (for seriously). Three, we're NOT better than any other country out there. And four, you're retarded if you actually think all Americans are the fucking same.

@DougalHanson The only reason this got negative is because there are more americans on this site. You americans just think your...

I think its funny how people talk about how a race, culture, ect. talks trash about a race, culture, ect. and then by doing that are making thier own race, culture,ect. look bad and then starting the cycle all over again.

@DougalHanson The only reason this got negative is because there are more americans on this site. You americans just think your...

That's not right because not only Americans speak English differently than people from the UK or whatever. There's plenty of Spanish, Asian, French, German etc. people who speak English with different accents. So yes, everyone has an accent and nobody's on a fucking high horse.

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