cheesyking wrote:Personally I find the whole concept of a Glaswegian German criticising anyone for any kind of pronunciation faux pas more than a little hilarious. Keep it up!
Just out of curiosity, what do Americans fine to funniest British accent? Personally I'd nominate Black Country, Gordie, Norfolk and Bristol.
I think most non-Brits don't know the social and linguistic stratifications of England. For the British Isles, I think common perception is:
Irish = sounds like a leprechaun
Scottish = sounds like the guy from Star Trek and/or "wtf did he say?"
British noble = the queen, fancy people, Admiral Tarkin
Cockney = poor people, hard to understand
People don't know the places in England let alone the different places and schools in London to know where each person grew up or went to school. There's no baggage associated with the accent so there's no importance on knowing what the accent is to indicate the person's past or upbringing.
I think for the US the most popular stratifications would be:
East coast/northeast = "normal" white people
South = poor white hicks
"The West" = cowboys
Midwest = farmers who talk funny
West coast/California = surfers and superficial people out of touch with reality
Ebonics = black people, rappers, gang members, thugs
Spanish/hispanic accent = illegal immigrants, low-paid workers, gang members, uneducated (i.e. can't understand or speak english)
If you get too far north in the midwest we think people just sound like Canadians. I'm looking at you Minnesota, Wisconson, and the Dakotas.