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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    I must be on Blansky's ignore list. I have brought up the "valley girl accent" here before.

    More recently it has devolved into a more nasal clipped form of speech and is found mainly in people of the female persuasion. I hear it a lot on TV lately.

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    Actually, I don't do ignore lists.

    But after a 45 page thread, I alzheimer the first 42 pages.

    This also enables me to only have to own one book and one DVD.

    Sorry about that.
    I couldn't think of anything witty to say so I left this blank.

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    Until I read Blansky’s post I had never heard of Valley Girls. The video was quite entertaining although couldn’t bring myself to watch all of it – OHMYGODDDDD.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    I was once working with a couple of Texans in England. The Texans kept using a fake British accent and the local lingo, so one day our English host started faking a Texas accent, using Texas sitcom expressions, and wearing a 10-gallon hat. The Texans had no idea what taht retaliation was about... they were clueless until it was explained to them. HILARIOUS!
    This happens to me. If I am around folks with a different accent, I'll start talking like them without being conscience of it. I was on a grey dog from Modesto to LA, sitting next to a Jewish gas station owner from NY. By the time we hit LA, I was talking in what probably sounded like a fake NY Jewish accent. I packed mules for ten years -- get me around folks talking in the cowboy drawl, and I'll be using the same drawl and idioms before you can get your string on the trail.

    I was hitch-hiking in NZ with my girlfriend -- I had been in NZ for 5.5 months, and she just had flown in from the States. She is from Oz, but had been working in the States for about a year. From our accents, people thought I was the Aussie and she was the Yank. Really pissed her off!

    PS -- my nephew married a 'Valley Girl" from San Jose, CA. What a piece of work...
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    This happens to me. If I am around folks with a different accent, I'll start talking like them without being conscience of it. I was on a grey dog from Modesto to LA, sitting next to a Jewish gas station owner from NY. By the time we hit LA, I was talking in what probably sounded like a fake NY Jewish accent. I packed mules for ten years -- get me around folks talking in the cowboy drawl, and I'll be using the same drawl and idioms before you can get your string on the trail.

    I was hitch-hiking in NZ with my girlfriend -- I had been in NZ for 5.5 months, and she just had flown in from the States. She is from Oz, but had been working in the States for about a year. From our accents, people thought I was the Aussie and she was the Yank. Really pissed her off!

    PS -- my nephew married a 'Valley Girl" from San Jose, CA. What a piece of work...
    For many to whom this happens, it seems both autonomic and well-intentioned... to make communication more comfortable and effective. I've never had that talent, but when I get back in New England my old accent starts re-emerging... but always with a west-coast accent. Accent upon accent = ??? I think ??? = outsider. ha ha ha. I don't fit in here and I don't fit in there anymore.

    When I was in England I would sometimes become so aware that I sounded "different" that I basically imitated a mute person. I spoke little yet everyone would come up to me and tell me that I was American. I don't know how they could tell. Maybe it was the Levi's... IDK.

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    It's not just accents. My brother has an adopted son, his real father is German and often visits for a couple of weeks at a time. Whilst he is here he seems to pick up an English sense of humour and when he gets home he is told off for being sarcastic.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    I don't know how they could tell. Maybe it was the Levi's... IDK.
    We have those here. For many it is part of their uniform of non-conformity.


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    I was at a week long photography course/seminar/workshop back in the 80s and hung around a guy from Tennessee. Within a few days I had started talking with a slight drawl and also slower.

    There is something in the human makeup where we unconsciously mirror the people around us.

    Probably some primal defense mechanism to fit in or something.

    I saw an interview with some guy who once worked for Microsoft. He said he walked late into a meeting of upper level guys and it was common knowledge that Bill Gates sort of rocks back and forth in his seat. What astonished him was that most of the people around the table were now doing the same thing. It was unconscious and fairly subtle but nobody was sitting still.
    Last edited by blansky; 09-02-2012 at 12:33 PM. Click to view previous post history.
    I couldn't think of anything witty to say so I left this blank.

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    Of course, ya know, some people, ya know, keep inserting like things, ya know, " ya know", ya know.
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    ...of the female persuasion.
    Aha... talkin' Calipornia again.

    - Leigh
    “Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.” - Plato



 

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