In this thread a poster wrote he was often accused of being from ‘somewhere else’.
Does this happen to anyone else? I get it a lot.
I was born and bred in a small town in Western Victoria in Australia. I should probably have the broad nasally Australian accent that often serves as the stereotype aussie accent in overseas minds as that’s what I grew up with all around me. Most of my relatives speak that way and I suppose I should too. But I dont.
I’ve never consciously chosen to speak or not speak in a certain manner. I was a voracious reader as a child, and possessed an extensive vocabulary of words that I was quite familiar with from books but had never actually heard spoken in my daily environment. It took me years to iron out how some of these were actually pronounced if indeed I have. I greatly amused a friend one day by mentioning hyperbole which to my surprise apparently does not have a ‘bowl’ in it like the Superbowl.
While travelling in England on several occasions I was asked where I was from, and was disbelieved when I replied Australia. “No, seriously, where are you really from?”, one girl asked. A man informed me quite confidently that he knew Australians and I wasnt one. Several people assumed I was English but it was always from some vague ‘other’ part of England and not from wherever I currently was. I even get this here from my own countrymen.
Any other linguistic oddballs around?