Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Irish People in New York

Why do Irish people, north and south, develop stupid transatlantic accents ten seconds after stepping off the plane?

Exhibit 1: “ Aym from a l’ll ole town called Dungaynon in Eyerland. Wanna another?
Fuck off and enunciate.

Exhibit 2: Van Morrison.

The English, Scots, and Welsh, don’t suddenly start talking like brain dead buffoons just because they’ve crossed the Atlantic.

I’m thinking of emigrating. I can start a school for elocution. No Irish mongs who imagine that the patois from “Goodfellas’ is something to aspire to need apply.

8 comments:

Sniffy said...

Can I join you?

Me and Trump are going to save to go to New York next year, we could just stay if we had a job to go to. I could teach people how to speak Salford. Jo could massage my ego.

First Nations said...

american women love that crap. it arouses a predatory instinct in us. we think we hear the sound of some poor innocent tatie cruncher who's been sexually repressed by the church all his life.

hell, give it a try.

suburban wonder said...

Yup, FN is right. We eat that accent up like buttered Irish Soda Bread.

However, speaking as a language teacher and one who has worked with many a native speaker of languages that are foreign to me, having an accent broaden when you are abroad is often a defense mechanism. True! It's a way of excusing any cultural gaffe which might occur due to your being from elsewhere. I have French friends who can speak without an accent, but the second we go out in public, zey arrre completely in ze Fraanch accent. Eeet eees vairy annoying.

Probably more than you wanted, but hey, that's me for you. Now, talk Oirish to me, baby! Oooh yeah! Just like that! Read me some Henry James!

S.I.D. said...

Garfy judging by the sounds of the previous two you don't know what your missing.

Goddam it!

MJ said...

Americans love to hear me "talk Canadian" although I swear I've no accent, eh.

First Nations said...

dude! me either.

Rowan said...

u mean that's NOT what irish peoplke souond like? hrm....yep, guess it's just the mongs that visit canada then...

M said...

I must admit, we've had a Brit AND a Scotsman at the office in the last two weeks and I LOVED every minute of it. Yes.... Talk to me.....
+1-555-555-5555. ;-)

It's funny too because the guys were just regular looking guys, nice but not overly so, but the accent makes you look so much more handsome.

Where's the logic in that???

I know what you are saying... Silly woman(bint).

You shoulda come over Garfer. Once you are across the pond, Texas is only a short flight...