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Is the Australian accent lazy A month back, I had the misfortune to run into a bunch of blokes I would deem Ugly Australians: loud, foul mouthed, aggressive, morbidly drunk, wearing really bad shoes.

The guys had been at a wedding and lurched into a bar where I was drinking and immediately it began: asking people for cigarettes and swearing at them if they didn't smoke, calling women lesbians or molls if they spurned their fumbling advances, loudly declaring what they'd "like to do" to other girls. The men all had very broad Australian accents, seemed confused about their tenses, as well as being ignorant of the existence of letters like "t", "d", "r" and the "ing" cluster. The interesting thing was that one of their number, a good bloke who managed to amiably engage strangers and was just as pissed as his friends, spoke a lot more clearly his accent was as heavy but his diction was burberry outlet cheshire oaks crisp. It made me wonder if the laziness that larded his mug mates' social behaivour was also responsible for the heaviness of their words. I get called a yobbo all the time and I can also be loud, foul mouthed, aggressive and morbidly drunk by midday on a good (or bad) day, so I'm not having a swipe at these blokes because of any of these things (though maybe I should). I started thinking about this topic when I was in London and came across so many impenetrable accents, yet would also meet people from the same region or town as the mumbler but they'd modified their diction to make it easier for one and all to understand. Australian English is a non rhotic dialect, which means we only pronounce the written "r" if it's burberry clothing outlet online followed by a vowel sound and then, not in all cases. As Wikipedia explains: "Non rhotic speakers pronounce the "r" in red, and most pronounce it in torrid and watery (in each case the "r" is followed by a vowel) but not the written "r" of hard, nor that of car or water." So what is written as a vowel plus "r" is now usually spoken as a long vowel. So car, hard and born are phonetically kaa, haad, bawn. which some might deem lazy. There is an exception to this. "In most non rhotic accents, if a word ending in written "r" is followed closely by another word beginning with a vowel, the "r" is pronounced as in water ice. This phenomenon is burberry factory outlet near me referred to as 'linking R'," says Wiki. However, us non rhotics (bet you didn't know you were one of those) also like to stick an "r" in places where it actually doesn't exist so "for example the idea of it becomes the idea r of it, Australia and New Zealand becomes Australia r and New Zealand." This habit of sticking an "intrusive R" into sentences is frowned upon by people who use what is known as Received Pronunciation that very snooty British accent sometimes called the "Queen's English" or "BBC English". They prefer to use what is known as a "glottal stop" where an intrusive R would otherwise be placed and if you try it on your own now you'll see it takes quite some effort to do so. Wiki says: "The glottal stop is the sound made when the vocal cords are pressed together to stop the flow of air and then released; for example, the break separating the syllables of the interjection uh oh." Now try to say the idea of it with the glottal stop. Not easy is it? I'm sure there's some language experts who'll poo poo this post, but it's just a thought, merely a Friday musing that I thought I'd share with you. I quite enjoy snappy diction, and it's rare to find someone who speaks well (and uses a glottal stop) with dirty fingernails or tomato sauce on their shirt. so maybe, just maybe, first rate elocution also reflects one's discipline in other areas? Now, while I think that speaking with the correct enunciation is quite an asset, I'm in the minority as long as I'm in Australia. We talk about wanting to improve language and sound like we're actually educated instead of a country of roaming beer drinking yobbos with loud mouthes, but we scorn anyone who speaks correctly. Now, I can throw back a beer with the best of them, I don't see anything wrong with a pav or a burnt sausage, so I'm not decrying Australia as bad country. I'm just saying I don't get why Australians are such hypocrites when it comes to language. I had that exact thought about us Aussies being lazy when we speak, I prefer to say I'm Aussie rather than australian 'straylin' people over in london sure understood when i said Aussie more. We shorten every word we can, it's as if speaking seems to be way too much effort if done with full proper English words. As for being a feral pom that's not very nice but pretty funny. Also when on holidays in Europe I met an aussie girl from the north shore who spoke with an Aussie accent who accused me of speaking like a wog. Born here raised in the west of Sydney with a bunch of 'wogs' it seems I have my own dialect of the Aussie language. Oh well I like how we shorten things sunnies, arvo, bev, commit suey, footy, etc how much more relaxd can we getIn this fast paced go go world of ours some issues are too important to be left to the ham fisted, half arsed witless hysterics of so called web journalism. But that's too bad. Because that's all John Birmingham has. He's unfair, unreasonable and often unbalanced but in a good way. Words are weapons, and this weapon is a.

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