June 11, 2015

Caught in the Accent!

Hey hey,

In my weekend post, I mentioned that I went to Salon Day Out this past Sunday. When I got there, the venue was pretty full but not as crowded as it eventually got (big ups to Dabs!). Anyways, while the first part of the program was underway, I was in the audience moving around, taking pictures and chatting with a few people. At some point, I stood near this guy who struck up a conversation. He asked about my camera, kinda dissed my photography skills and made some weird remarks about some of females in attendance - he was trying to be funny. After a few minutes, I moved on to another part of the room.

Anyways, maybe an hour later, it was my turn on stage, so that Dabs and the Savvy Chic Hair and Beauty Team could complete the instant faux locs. It turned out the guy from earlier was the MC (not a funny one, I might add), and during the different presentations, he asked questions to keep the audience engaged. So he asks me something (I can't remember), and I answered. The next thing I hear from him is...


"Ah ah, what happened to your accent?! Aren't you the same person I was gisting with earlier?"


Apparently when I chatted with him earlier, I used a Nigerian accent, and when I was on stage, a mixed Naijamerican accent came on. On one hand, I wanted to be like "Uncle, how far? Why you gorra hembarrazz me on stage?", and on the other hand, I wanted to ask, "So blurry what?" But honestly, I don't even know when the accent changed. I don't do it deliberately at all. I can start a sentence with one accent and end with a different one. In fact, if you allow me, I'll even throw in a [fake] British accent because I like to play around, INNIT?! :p

So if I ever meet you and my accent does it's rollercoaster thing, just allow me, okay? It's not on purpose.

Peace out!

50 comments:

  1. No mind am o jare. Different 'haxsents' is allowed ... This is Nigeria yo! Where your brother is in the US for MSc and yet you are speaking with American accent on his behalf here. All join! Izzorait! You for ask am which accent him dey use ask you that question na?

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    1. LOL @ accent on behalf of your brother!!!

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    2. Accent on top your brother again? That one is funny! lol. I'm with you Berry, my husband says my accent changes depending on who I'm speaking to. I don't do it on purpose, it just happens...so blurry what?

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  2. Lool how embarrassing.. Some of these MCs are something else

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  3. Haha.... I know what you mean sister. My accent is generally Oxford English till wizkid comes on, my mom calls or le husband pisses me off - it is as if i get possessed by a naija babe, I even throw in some yoruba for good measure. Poor guy, he probably thinks this is not what I married!

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    1. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!! Funny thing is when I get annoyed, Atlanta hoodrat comes out!

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    2. When I first moved to Atlanta, I started saying "yall" right away. It is still one of my favourite words. Stick that in the middle of a standard English accent and people just thought I was crazy. Now I just sound like a Cali girl who lived in the south but grew up with English family...I think

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    3. I love to say y'all. There's something about a proper Southern accent that's lilting. LOL @ your mix of accents. I remember at one point, no matter where I was in the world, I had an accent.

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  4. Lolll! It's your life and your mouth; speak with whatever accent makes you happy! I feel you on the accent changing mid conversation though; I can totally relate. My accent depends on how passionate I am about the subject, lol.

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    1. LOL! Exactly!!! But some subjects call for different accents, right?

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  5. My dear - my coworkers have turned into a running joke. They can tell when I am annoyed or tired. Now that I go to a Nigerian church I sound less Queen's English/Southern/Anchorwoman-ish and more Nigerian IMO. I've sounded "other" since I was in primary school. But then my church folk still laugh at me when I say I sound proper Nigerian, lol. It is well...I can now laugh at myself.

    The worst was when I was supposed to give a friend a ride somewhere one day, only to get there and hear one message that some oyinbo chick left saying she was on the way. I started "raking" because I could have slept in. Only for him to be like "you do realise that was your message" *faint*

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    1. BUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I'm sorry but that's utterly hilarious!

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    2. LOL! I totally lost it in the office reading this article and also Lady ID's comment. Hilarious.
      I don't think I have an accent;I just know that as soon as a microphone gets to my mouth, automatica! My english is more polished!

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  6. lllooolllzz.. Its not intentional, it just happens when you're in public depending on the audience. Am Nigerian born and breed but sometimes the accent switching thing just jabo like dat.. No falling of Hands thing lllooolllzz .. This post got me rolling..

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  7. Loooollllll. I can't even laff. Apparently, I wasn't listening when all these went down. Personally, I noticed that when you and I were outside the hall, thinking about how to get something to eat, you were talking to me with an American accent. I just dey there, dey look you, lol.

    The Devil's Agenda for the Church

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    1. LOL! Are you serious? And knowing you, you'll just have been shaking your head in your mind.

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  8. It happens to many people. When I am nervous i "can" like to sound American. Likewise when i am really upset. But if i am feeling ok, what i think is my Nigerian accent shows up.

    www.pynk360.com

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    1. Lol @ what you think is your Nigeria accent

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  9. I couldn't get past that MC calling you out and him talking trash about people. That is a sign that he has confidence issues.

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    1. I quite agree. I was stunned when he said something quite mean about one of the guests

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  10. The MC had issues...he wasnt even as funny, he was trying too hard....
    How are you doing Berry????

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    1. Yo yo, doing well. He really wasn't funny.

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  11. LOL. I don't know if u noticed but that is typical of africans who grew up in a country other than their home country. Same goes with me i can easily switch between a zambian accent and zambian/western accent because of my upbringing. And a lot of the time i dont even notice it. Don't take it to heart, it's just one of the quirks of growing up in more than one country. Mr MC would never understand.

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  12. This one cracked me! HAHAAAA..

    www.kayiniafrika.com

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  13. Very true berry. I switch between accents too especially when on a phone call or when making a presentation.

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    1. It just goes in and out randomly, doesn't it?

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  14. Don't mind that mc... I liked the way you replied him, everyone had a good laugh.

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  15. Loll don't mind him jare. He was just using you to try and crack his jokes.

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  16. Lmao, the guy sef. I am so guilty of that too.

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    1. Hehe, thank God many people know what I'm talking about

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  17. Picture + Post got me laughing. You were caught in it, so blurry what? *hehehehehehe* but this accent switching, does it happen with only ladies?

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    1. Hmm. Let me rack my brain to see if I remember any guys doing it... YES THEY DO!

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  18. Looooool! I do this all the time! My husband says my American accent shows up mostly when I'm angry. I mean, who does that ? Looool!

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    1. That's when my Shenaynay the Atlanta Hoodrat accent comes out!

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  19. lololol.... i hear i can have an american accent at times...me i don't hear it oh!

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  20. But na wa for comedians who use other people to make "wise cracks".

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