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Hearing American Accents In Uk Shops

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Ok, so this is a very small sample set, but a couple of times recently I've been served by someone with an accent from across the pond. Plus there's a guy in the petrol filling station who's got the accent. Anyone else come across this?

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I doubt an American would move here to serve petrol, more importantly they couldn't get a work visa for that either! How old are they? Could be a student, or moved to be with a partner here, or their partner moved for work.

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are USA peeps able to use the young-person under-30s 12 month temp working visa scheme here? like Aussies do?

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Could be young Brits exposed to too much Sex in the City and other US TV.

I don't watch much US trash, but do speak with a lot of Americans in the course of business - and I have to slap myself when I say things like Elevator, Rest Room and even Wader (for Water) - though I am of the understanding that Wader is closer to the old Anglo Saxon than Water which was a more modern British pronunciation.

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Could be young Brits exposed to too much Sex in the City and other US TV.

I don't watch much US trash, but do speak with a lot of Americans in the course of business - and I have to slap myself when I say things like Elevator, Rest Room and even Wader (for Water) - though I am of the understanding that Wader is closer to the old Anglo Saxon than Water which was a more modern British pronunciation.

I've been in london too long, i now say "war'ar" :blink:

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I doubt an American would move here to serve petrol, more importantly they couldn't get a work visa for that either! How old are they? Could be a student, or moved to be with a partner here, or their partner moved for work.

Well 2 out of the 3 were 50-ish, so unless they're mature students I suspect they've dual nationality/UK family ties which enables them to work here, Anyway, seeing as other posters haven't seen this, I'm assuming it's not a trend.

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Could be young Brits exposed to too much Sex in the City and other US TV.

It can't be worse than Australian "upspeak"? That really annoys me? It also causes odd social hiccups because you never know if someone is making a statement or actually asking a question?

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are USA peeps able to use the young-person under-30s 12 month temp working visa scheme here? like Aussies do?

Only open to Commonwealth citizens; so Canada would be a better guess.

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Could be young Brits exposed to too much Sex in the City and other US TV.

I don't watch much US trash, but do speak with a lot of Americans in the course of business - and I have to slap myself when I say things like Elevator, Rest Room and even Wader (for Water) - though I am of the understanding that Wader is closer to the old Anglo Saxon than Water which was a more modern British pronunciation.

In a restaurant in the US I had the following exchange with the waitress:

'May I have a glass of water (war-tur) please?

'Huh?'

'A glass of water please?'

'A glass of what?'

'Erm...'waudah'?

'Oh, water, sure.'

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In a restaurant in the US I had the following exchange with the waitress:

'May I have a glass of water (war-tur) please?

'Huh?'

'A glass of water please?'

'A glass of what?'

'Erm...'waudah'?

'Oh, water, sure.'

:lol:

Snap.

Sister who's lived in the US for ages still speaks very 'English'. More than once I've seen her daughter have to 'translate' for a waitress looking completely blank.

'She means 'waaaa-der.'

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The Yanks have problem saying "mirror" correctly...they say "meearrrrr".

'premiere' is my favourite (as in movie).

They always say, 'premeer'.

BTW for anyone about to point it out, yes, I know it should have a grave but can't be a*sed to find/insert.

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