Anglophile aversion


Fifty-eighth in a  grumpy Wednesday series of posts proposing reasons for my singleness.

Reason #58: anglophile aversion

Lady@party:   my sister over there is an Anglophile,   she heard you talking in the kitchen,   you really must talk to her

Wendy: Oh (overhears the Anglophile imitating and English accent,   inaccurately overemphasing the vowel-sounds.   Decides to politely ignore the suggestion and starts conversation with interesting other-guest  )

Host:   (brings anglophile over, interrupts interesting-other-guest conversation  and introduces Anglophile.)

Wendy: Hello (returns to  listening to ijnteresting-other-guest-story)

Other-guest:   how are you? (to Anglophile)

Anglophile:   Really happy,   I’ve just got a new calendar of London with things like Red London buses on it. (looks at Wendy)

Wendy: (Silence. Effortfully applied facial-stillness. Contemplates various escape routes)

Anglophile aversion
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3 bits of lovely banter on “Anglophile aversion”

  1. Kate writes:

    I cannot stand people who do that. Please glare them down extra for me.



  2. Stephen writes:

    I think most Americans who adopt kidnap and terrorize another culture can look a little comical, if not downright irritating.

    I wouldn’t consider myself an Anglophile, but thanks to a few years spent in Toronto when my dad was working for the Canadian division of an international company, all our closest friends were English, so I spent most of my formative years hearing the sound of several different English accents, and there are a lot of things I identify with that are very British, thanks to shared Christmases and extended family celebrations.

    I wouldn’t dare try to imitate a English accent in front of anyone because I know I’d sound like a an American doing a bad English accent, the same way that most Britons sound like Britons pronouncing an almost comical flat “a” sound when they imitate Americans.



  3. Poochner writes:

    I find myself doing something like that, though it’s not intentional. I think the term is “echoing.” I just pick up whatever accent the people around me are using, without noticing. The most common comment is along the lines of, “You don’t sound Southern at all! You sound like you’ve been here in [place name] all your life.” It creeps me out a bit, to be honest. At least people realize I’m not trying to grab onto their whole cultural identity because it’s only the accent. The words can still be confusing if I use what I grew up with.



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