For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a fascination with the wide variations in the way people talk. Having grown up with a pretty severe West Virginia “country” accent myself, for which I’ve received a fair share of friendly ribbing, I found the thought of being able to switch accents at will to be more than a little appealing. But as fascinating as the idea of being a great voice impersonator like Rich Little or Mel Blanc was, about the best I ever managed was to accomplish was “toning down” my own embarrassing drawl to a point where I might actually be taken (somewhat) seriously.
But of course that doesn’t mean that my “inner dialog” ever stopped trying. In fact, the “voices in my head” are far better at voice impersonations than anything my real voice has ever achieved. And, by far, the accent most favored by my psyche has been the British accent. I’m talking everything from Shakespeare, to Robin Hood, to James Bond, to Monty Python, and most especially, to John Cleese – who’s link you absolutely must click!
And that, of course, is why I had to have my own copy of this image from Facebook:
And why I almost fell out of my chair laughing at this John Branyan stand-up video from BatDoc’s How To Be Awesome #120820 post:
I want ice water.
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