Accent not fitting with upbringing

(38 Posts)
artichokebakedbean Wed 21-Nov-18 09:56:21

I have quite a 'posh' accent as I've been told, especially considering I grew up in the provinces. I attended a Jewish state comprehensive school. Lived in a 4 bed semi where my parents were teachers. Pretty lower middle class, with parents who'd fallen in wealth from their upbringings so had pretty similar accents to mine.

People always assume that I had a naice upbringing with boarding schooling and lived in a huge detached, like my parents did growing up.

People always act so surprise when I tell them I come from humble roots.

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artichokebakedbean Wed 21-Nov-18 09:57:29

Oops I posted far too soon!

What I was meaning to ask, was, do you feel like your university education has made you adopt an accent that doesn't fit with your roots?

I feel my time at Cambridge gave me a false accent.

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HingleMcCringleberry Wed 21-Nov-18 13:25:06

Intersting question artichokebakedbean. In the first year at university there seemed to be a bit of smoothing of accents, as some people wanted to blend in. By second year though everyone was speaking as they always did (I imagine going home and getting the piss taken out of you for sounding weird made people drop their 'fake' accent), possibly as they were more comfortable being who they are.

Do you feel your university education made you adopt an accent not fitting your roots?

OttilieKnackered Wed 21-Nov-18 13:30:24

I’m not sure a four bed semi is exactly ‘humble.’ It’s hardly the underclass, especially if it was in London...

AbrahamsGone Wed 21-Nov-18 13:33:39

Is a Jewish state comp meant to be your idea of 'humble' ?confused

BertrandRussell Wed 21-Nov-18 13:34:15

4 bed semi with teacher parents does not count as "humble roots" Don't be silly.

BertrandRussell Wed 21-Nov-18 13:36:50

Your "time at Cambridge"?

What were you doing there?


BigGreenOlives Wed 21-Nov-18 13:43:03

You don’t come from humble roots, your parents were teachers!

MarysInTheDyson Wed 21-Nov-18 14:01:12

I agree that professional parents and a four bed house isn't humble roots.

HingleMcCringleberry Wed 21-Nov-18 14:02:36

Your "time at Cambridge"?

What were you doing there?

Come on Bertie, keep up! While the OP was not explicit, I feel you can draw the link between sentence one:

What I was meaning to ask, was, do you feel like your university education has made you adopt an accent that doesn't fit with your roots?

and sentence two:

I feel my time at Cambridge gave me a false accent.

Unless... have I extrapolated too much? You're making me doubt myself!

Reallybadidea Wed 21-Nov-18 14:13:01

Well it was certainly implied that the OP was at the University of Cambridge...of course there is another university in Cambridge.

Whatsallthisaboutthen Wed 21-Nov-18 14:22:40

I’m the opposite-I have an RP accent (brought up in a big house in a naice part of London, went to boarding school etc) but am now up north and poor as a church mouse 😆 people expect me to be well off and we’re not at all. (I am, however, much happier than I’ve ever been.)

DisrespectfulAdultFemale Wed 21-Nov-18 14:24:44

And in today's Humble Brag...

Rachelover40 Wed 21-Nov-18 14:26:02

OP's parents would be classified by sociologists as 'middle middle class', not lower.

blueskiesandforests Wed 21-Nov-18 14:27:15

Humble roots? Potatoes?

Angela Ruskin? Or working in McDonald's in Cambridge.

Sorry, nothing to add, I've just got my popcorn...

FarmerMaggott Wed 21-Nov-18 14:28:36

Only on MN would a 4 bedroom house in "the provinces" the Home Counties then , a faith school education, and two teacher parents be described as "humble" grinconfusedgrin

HingleMcCringleberry Wed 21-Nov-18 14:29:36

Reallybadidea - you genius! You've cracked it - OP now has a fake Bostonian accent, not a fake East Anglian accent. The world makes sense again.

FarmerMaggott Wed 21-Nov-18 14:29:53

Also why do you even give a fuck? My accent is posh as anything but I look rough as fuck. People who've only spoken to me on the phone look past me when we meet. But it's not something I'd start a thread about or that I even think about that often.

blueskiesandforests Wed 21-Nov-18 14:30:41

FarmerMaggott the second reply pulled her up on the humble roots, and most of the following posts are questioning or taking the piss, so I don't think its exactly "only on MN" more just this entirely genuine sounding poster...

Thesnobbymiddleclassone Wed 21-Nov-18 14:33:22

I grew up in quite a chavvy town and moved away somewhere nicer when I left school.

Everytime I go back to visit my parents and bump into school friends I'm told I'm too posh now and that my accent has changed but I honestly can't here it.

I used to get quite embarrassed about it but have learnt to take it as a compliment

DustyMaiden Wed 21-Nov-18 14:34:48

Well I was born in South London and moved to Essex, I strangely had a very plumby accent.

My DGD recorded us on her iPhone and I realised my voice now brings to mind a tractor driver.

Any help from those that gave been to Cambridge would be appreciated. I once went to a Beth Ditto gig there, don’t think that helped.

blueskiesandforests Wed 21-Nov-18 14:37:47

artichokebakedbean you say that your parents "had pretty similar accents to mine"

That's where your accent comes from.

Your accent matches your humble roots because it is the same one your humble parents had. You doubtless babbled your first baby words in the accent your parents taljed to you in, long before you got your place place at Anglia Polytechnic.

AbrahamsGone Wed 21-Nov-18 15:31:42

Anglia Polytechnic 😂😂😂

goodbyestranger Wed 21-Nov-18 18:48:56

Not sure about that blueskiesandforests. My father had a strong Polish accent and I just talk proper.

AtiaoftheJulii Wed 21-Nov-18 19:53:38

So if your parents have/had similar accents, do you think you got yours from them, rather than your time at Cambridge?

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