to think northeners perceive southerners as inherently 'posh'
LetSophieGo · 14/05/2021 23:36
I am northern, have lived between Derbyshire, Greater Manchester and Cumbria.
So I say this from a perspective of living with 'northerners' on a daily basis.
Often, when a person from southern UK moves into the north, they are perceived as posh, or of a higher social status. We know this is silly, and they are not necessarily on a higher income, but I am presuming it is something tied in with 'accent'.
Or is it class perception? My own family would not perceive a southerner as higher social status (I am not wealthy!), but many of my peers do.
What do you think? Any experiences to add?
SlipperyLizard · 15/05/2021 00:04
When I first moved to Manchester after Uni, the women in the department I worked in took an instant dislike to me as soon as I opened my mouth. I’m not posh (both parents left school at 14), but my southern accent made them think I was, and led them to a whole number of wrong assumptions about me.
That’s the only time it has happened, but 20 years later I’m still conscious that I don’t sound like I belong here.
MyNameForToday1980 · 15/05/2021 00:15
@TableFlowerss when RP first came into use it was based around an upper class Oxford/Cambridge accent (1700s I think).
It's more southern than Northern due to the vowel sounds (short vowels, soft consonants in the middle of the word, clipped but pronounced consonants at the end) ...
This is going back 20 years to my degree!! All facts could be wrong!!
MargaretThursday · 15/05/2021 00:18
I had the crime of having parents from the Midlands and lived in the North.
I then went to school with a mildly southern accent, and was bullied for being "posh".
I've a friend who had a similar situation and she refused to speak at school for most of 5 years due to the bullying over her accent.
Now my dc potentially could have had the opposite problem being mildly Northern accents in a southern area and have never had any comments. I've never had a worse comment down here than someone asking which part of the North I'm from.
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