I spent the last few days being snowed in here at New York City, staying with a local friend. Now, in case my username doesn’t give it away, I’m from Mississippi, and my friend and the people he introduced me to all know that. However, several of them have proclaimed “You don’t sound like you’re from Mississippi! You sound like you’re British!” I find this bizarre. I’ve never been to Britain, I don’t watch British TV so the chances of me using British slang seems remote, and to my ears, my accent sounds as much British as it does Chinese or Argentinian, which is to say not at all. I would just ignore these statements except that I’ve heard them multiple times on different occasions, and it’s always the exact same thing. I also apparently look mysteriously Russian but that’s neither here nor there.
When I was on the cruise my friend and I stopped by the ship’s gym and spoke to the physical trainer. My friend, ignoring her UK pin and the fact she mentioned she was from Leeds, asked her if she was from Mississippi, too. :smack: Clearly, as I neither sound British nor can she possibly sound Southern, there must be some reason my dear New Yorker friends think we sound alike. What could it be, fellow Dopers?
sigh And yes, I noticed I left a small typo in the title. These things happen. Please let it be.