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Old 05-07-2010, 09:37 PM
 
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I think it's kind of endearing, but I don't really understand why they inflect their sentences with what sounds like a question. What separates the different accents? Is it each capital city?

I come from Boston though (probably the least appealing accent ever), so I can't really rag on the Aussie accents
Slightly off topic, but I don't know why people complain about the New England accent.

The main complaint I have about any of the American accents is when girls go "eeeeeeend" for "and"
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:11 PM
 
Location: A North Queensland beachside community
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Stranger still, it is common for females to have a "less broad" (pitch and/or drawl?) accent than males
Except for (of course!) rural Queensland. The womenfolk are just as ocker as the men.
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Old 05-08-2010, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Newcastle NSW Australia
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Except for (of course!) rural Queensland. The womenfolk are just as ocker as the men.
When women call men ""mate"" that is pushing the ocher boundaries a little too far.
The most offensive word that Aussies have invented is "You's"", used by both men and women, it shows a tackiness in the extreme.
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Old 05-08-2010, 03:04 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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When women call men ""mate"" that is pushing the ocher boundaries a little too far.
The most offensive word that Aussies have invented is "You's"", used by both men and women, it shows a tackiness in the extreme.
I don't mind women calling men mate, as long as it's in a non-condescending way.

I'm not sure if we invented 'youse', but it's one word which does indicate a lack of class, and is not really related to ockerness but a kind of low class urban manner of speak.
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Old 05-08-2010, 03:08 AM
 
Location: A North Queensland beachside community
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I don't mind women calling men mate, as long as it's in a non-condescending way.

I'm not sure if we invented 'youse', but it's one word which does indicate a lack of class, and is not really related to ockerness but a kind of low class urban manner of speak.
It just doesn't sound right. Sorry.
As for 'Youse', its better than 'You lot'. English needs a distinct plural form for you, I believe. I always think of Victorians when I hear 'Youse', don't know why.
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Old 05-08-2010, 03:10 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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It just doesn't sound right. Sorry.
As for 'Youse', its better than 'You lot'. English needs a distinct plural form for you, I believe. I always think of Victorians when I hear 'Youse', don't know why.
I kind of like 'you mob' although it's not so good if there are only two people. In that case just 'you' suffices just fine.
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Old 05-08-2010, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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It just doesn't sound right. Sorry.
As for 'Youse', its better than 'You lot'. English needs a distinct plural form for you, I believe. I always think of Victorians when I hear 'Youse', don't know why.
Y'all!

(properly pronounced without any glotal stop as "yall", as with the rhythm of saying "wall")
Love that pronoun. Sounds a lot more natural than "youse" (infrequently used here too)

Some people laugh at it as sounding so retarded in the Northern US and Canada,
yet won't and can't are natural contractions of (will not) and (cannot) used throughout the English world.
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Old 05-08-2010, 07:45 AM
 
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Mite I think it's a grite accent
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Old 05-08-2010, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Saudi Arabia
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Mite I think it's a grite accent
Lol and the one who doesnt know what mite is called for would say '' Do i look like a Mite to u '' .. well there you go Crickey

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Old 05-08-2010, 03:44 PM
 
Location: A North Queensland beachside community
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Mite I think it's a grite accent
Pretty close, still not strine enough, though
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