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- Posted on Oct 27th 2008 10:00AM by James Sullivan
In reality, there are dozens of regional accents in the UK, just as there are in America. The Brits have the near-Irish lilt of Liverpudlian Scouse, the indecipherable, every-statement-a-question singsong of Welsh and the thick tongue of "Brummie" (the Birmingham accent), to name just a few.
The hotel chain Travelodge has just conducted a survey of Britain's most hated celebrity accents. Among the biggest offenders: Ozzy Osbourne, who mumbles in Brummie; Charlotte Church, whose classical pedigree can't mask her broad Welsh accent; and Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles, who mocks Cockneys in motormouth Tyke.
Topping the list, however, are two rough-and-tumble Cockney women of song who are no strangers to negative publicity. We can just hear fellow Eliza Doolittles Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen reacting to their latest dubious achievements: "A load of old pony, that. Ye can hit and miss me Khyber pass!"
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