Midwestern teenagers speaking in English accents?
March 29, 2013 10:14 AM Subscribe
What's the deal with the recent spate of Midwestern/Southern (US) teenagers I've heard speaking with English accents? Is this a "thing"?
posted by incomple to Society & Culture (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This is an odd question, but since the beginning of the year, on probably something like a weekly basis I've heard groups of teenage/college-aged tourists speaking to each other in English accents. Most typically, they're imitating the sort of clucky North London accent characteristic of Adele's speaking voice, and they do so frequently at a volume that can charitably be described as "demonstrable."
Each time, at some point they've slipped enough into their natural speaking voices that I can immediately identify them as Midwestern or Southern tourists (I live in NYC). I definitely don't hear local kids doing this.
So, why do I keep encountering this? I'm fully willing to chalk this up to coincidence or selection bias or what-have-you, but it keeps happening, so I just need to know that loudly impersonating Adele isn't a "thing" that kids are doing in Middle America.