Here’s the rub: I have this accent. Granted, I’m not Scottish, nor does it really sound like a Scottish accent, really. But I have it, and it’s mine, and it has been evolving since its first use about ten years ago at Universal Studios. Basically, I spent an entire day with my mom as her Irish daughter and got away with it. Then in the last few years, I noticed the accent crossed countries and molded into this Scottish thing.
So with my new-found Scottish appeal, I joined my mother and her friend at SeaWorld about a year ago and she asked me to put on the voice for the day. After several awkward phone calls, a whale, a fake Scottish father, and 50,376 fish; my mother’s friend, let’s call her Maureen, believed the whole ridiculous story.
This potential believability is why I still enjoy having days where I can pretend to be from somewhere else besides Florida. Problem is, some people think it’s awfully strange; I just think it’s a little risky, a wee bit fun, and a way to live another life if just a moment.
And for those of you who are willing to attempt this feat in a more acceptable setting…
Accents (or voices) to use while intoxicated:
British (and Cockney)*
California surfer-speak (it’s rad, dude)**
Whale (“You know, I speak whale”)*
Jamaican (also known as the Ms. Cleo)*
*attempted, slightly successfully
**tried, but failed
This, of course, is a limited list. Please feel free to share your own.
Warning/prayer: please avoid being offensive. Imitate with taste.