The English-Australian Accent
Have you ever gotten caught in a lie?
You know; when you lie about something, and then forgot you lied about it so you get caught? I assure you, this is not something I do often… but let me just explain.
Months ago…probably not long after we even got here to NC, Torrance and I were walking brown dog like usual and I was joking around talking to Torrance and Kona in my British/Australian accent (the one I do is horrible and it is a mix between the two because I suck at accents… the origin of this is a whole other story for another day)
Anyway, I was talking to Kona in my accent pretty
loudly obnoxiously as we approached a little out-building where our mailbox is.
Unfortunately, there was a short, bald man (I’d say 50ish years old) right on the other side checking his mail too, who peaked around the corner and said hello (since I was making a ruckus I’m sure and he was probably checking to see what the hell was going on)… I was caught off guard and he had obviously heard me ranting in my English-Australian accent so I said –
“GOO’DAY! Ow’ are ya t’day?” while I choked back laughter/deer in headlights look. (I would have died if he was, like, actually English….. or Australian)
So we went on our way and laughed about it when we were far enough away from him and out of earshot.
Well of course in the coming weeks I saw him around our apartment complex all. the. time. Like it was trying to come back and bite me. I’m talking once a week for a span of about two months.
I always seriously hoped he would never try to strike up a conversation because my fake accent is definitely not good enough to last or be consistent enough to carry on for more than a sentence or two. There were even times I pretended like I was on my cell phone so we didnt have to converse, and I usually acknowledged his hellos or waves with my usual “goo’day!” or my all obnoxious “EL-LO!!” – hey, I stick with what I know.
Well, a couple of months passed and then I saw him wandering around and he said “Hey! How are you?” and yep…. whatdoyaknow… I forgot.
“I’m great how have you been!” (In my American-English accent)
If only he would have forgotten.
He looked at me funny and said “oh ….uh…for some reason I remembered you being English…”
I know he was just being nice. He really wanted to say “what the F?”
I am rarely at a loss for words. Like, seriously, that may have been the first time ever in the history of Andrea.
I was caught, bad. Haha, damn. And he was clearly waiting for an explanation.
And the explanation just sounded more ridiculous and I wish I could have just made up another lie… like “my accent went away! because I’ve been here for a while! Look at that!” but obviously that would have been dumb (still not as dumb as I sounded explaining myself though) my explanation basically went like this:
“Okay, well about that, it was kind of funny because I always talk to my dog like that as a joke which started forever ago (lame) and then when I first saw you there I knew you heard me so I didnt feel like explaining why I was talking like that because it would have been akward (like it is now…lame) so then when I saw you again I panicked and didnt know what to do so I continued on… and then just now, I forgot (lamest)..” hahaha [awkward nervous laugh and silence]
And thankfully he just said:
“Ah, it’s ok. I probably would have done the same thing! You had me fooled with your accent.” (he was most definitely being nice again).
Remind me, why do these things happen to me again?
- If this were you, would you have kept it going or fessed up sooner?
- Do you get nervous when you’re put on the spot or do you think you react pretty quickly?
I react really quickly which is not always a good thing (obviously)… if I would have taken time to think for a second I wouldnt have just went with “Oh the best thing is probably just keep pretending like you have accent and say something” haha.