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21. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 11y

You know that thing where people say a statement and it comes out as a question(?)

Cos of the tone of voice (?)

I've picked it up really bad since I came travelling(?)

It drives me mad (?)

It was worst in Australia cos the Aussies do it a lot. Or as they would say, "heaps":)

It's apparantly a whole phenomenon in linguistics and people have studied it. I think they call it the rising inflection at the end of the sentence. They say its only young people that have started doing it (in the UK) and they have a few theories.

One is that its because of kids (in the UK) watching Australian Soaps. The other is that young people are not confident about what they are saying. (?)

Weird eh?

22. Posted by jackflash (Inactive 84 posts) 11y

YEAH! TOTALLY i've noticed that and it's so annoying, I noticed it in the 'classic' Ausssie soaps home and away and Neighbours but then I saw Stephen Fry on Room 101 wanting to bannish people who say a statement and it comes out as a question. He reckons it was spawned in Australia and yes it is young people!

23. Posted by mally (Respected Member 199 posts) 11y

i hate it when people whine when they talk. it reminds me of a snotty child ugggggggggggggg

24. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 11y

And where do you all think, is the most pure form of english spoken?

A friend of mine wants to go for his internship abroad and speak better english, than without all the heavy accents. But so far, I don't think the most pure form of english is spoken in the united kingdom. Or australia, or the USA.

Where is it?

25. Posted by cruisegirl (Respected Member 244 posts) 11y

I work on cruise ships, so I come across so many different way of talking and accents....

I worked with one fellow from the UK (not sure exactly where), but he ended all his sentences with the word "like" example: "we're goin' out for a beer, like" I could never figure it out.

Then there was me, I was calling a Filipino friend of mine "Pookie", which in Canada is an affectionate, cute term. After a bit of confusion, he finally explained to me what it means in the Phillipines. Oops!

And also, us Canadians with our born-and-bred in our blood "eh"

26. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 11y

I was travelling with this English girl in New Zealand, and she spoke like a football player being interviewed.

Every sentence started with "At the end of the day...." or "but to be fair...." or "when alls said and done..." or some such.

It drove me potty.

27. Posted by jackflash (Inactive 84 posts) 11y

ha! this is great, keep 'em' coming!

Liz, I had a friend who would start an anecdote with:-

"At the end of the day...."

And he would close it with:-

"Honest to god.... no word of a lie"

every single time, it made me laugh, he was oblivious to it, even after I had pointed it out, he still continued...

28. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 11y

My mum has the annoying habit of saying 'To be honest with you, love' (in a scouse accent!) before she says anything. At New Year when I was really drunk I just had to say something to her ...she wasn't impressed!


29. Posted by ana_nz (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y


Kiwis talk in questions all the time too? I never realised Ozzies do it but that makes sense?

My landlord lives next door to us and he's from Scotland. That's a tough accent, especially when he talks fast with lots of details.

Most challenging thing said to me in the UK so far: "Whatt're you like?"

I said I was mostly outgoing, but moody in bad weather?

30. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 11y

In the North especially around the North West - Derry/L'derry - it is popular to finish a sentence with "Hi" ie

"Alright Hi"

Oh dear God but that really grates on my nerves!

Also slang words such as "wan" instead of one or "windie" instead of window. My family and friends know l hate these words and often use them around me just to irrate me! Grrr