From several sources on Facebook (but ultimately from the Oatmeal webcomic), this item:


This is accent taking in all aspects of a variety of a language, not just the phonological aspects. In this case, phonology is barely involved (though you can imagine some of it, using stereotypes of upper-class British pronunciation)): it’s all about lexical choices, register/style, and conversational topic (leaning heavily towards the sexual) — obscure, perhaps archaic, and pompously rakish.

(This is another case in which I don’t really know whether the item is to be classified as a cartoon, or what.)

One Response to “Accents?”

  1. What are they? | Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] minimal images, for instance in the Oatmeal effort “How British accents sound to Americans” (here), where the visual contributes almost nothing; this is a comic […]

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