Post # 1
My friend just got back from a 2 week vacation to Ireland. She’s been putting on a very fake, over the top accent that fades in and out and the accent she’s putting on even Irish! It’s totally being forced but she really wants everyone to believe it’s real.
I don’t know what to say (or if I should say anything) since I really don’t want to hurt her feelings, but it’s really hard to listen to. Our work friends have commented to me about it being really strange she picked up a heavy accent and are hinting that she’s faking it. Would you say anything to a friend who is making a fool out of herself?
Post # 3
@thursdayschild: a lot of people with mental and emotional problems tend to do this. I am not saying she is ill, but I have seen it before. The idea of taking on a new identity excites them.
Post # 4
I would probably just be like “wow, I’ve never heard of anybody picking up an accent as fast as you did!” and hope she gets the point.
Post # 5
I would wait until it is super over the top and kinda laugh and say, “so what’s with the accent?” That’s just me, but there is NO WAY I would be able to not say anything.
CLEARLY she didn’t “develop” an accent on a vacation.
Post # 6
Like most things, if you ignore it long enough, it will probably go away.
Post # 7
It’ll go away. My sister picks up accents really easily and unfortunately people believe she’s faking it on purpose. I feel so sorry b/c I’ve heard several people trashtalk her when I know she doesn’t intend for it. It happens, just ignore it and it’ll pass over time.
Post # 8
@Mrs.ChubbyBunny: I know what you mean and I had considered that. It doesn’t come across to me that way (not that I’m an expert or anything) she’s just really enamoured with the UK right now.
@SapphireSun: I thought about it, and though it might just encourage her. and I didn’t want to embarrass her and put her on the spot.
@BluegrassBunny: I’ve had a hard time looking her in the face! I just couldn’t for the life of me decide what to say. So I opted for nothing, hoping that I wouldn’t encourage her any further.
@julies1949: Ha! I love it.That’s been my plan so far.
Post # 9
I probably wouldn’t say anything, but I would have a hard time not laughing.
Post # 10
Depending on how close a friend I was to the person, I am pretty abrupt and bold and I would just tell her straight out that her fake accent is getting annoying. But, that’s just me…
Post # 11
If she picked it up in 2 weeks maybe she’ll pick her home accent back up in 2 weeks of being back? I’ve had friends do this… eventually they get bored with it, forget about it or get upset about something and when they start yelling without the accent it never comes back again… lol!!!
Post # 12
I pick up accents easily, but lose them even faster. I spent a week in Dallas and was dreaming in twang, but by the time the plane landed it was over.
I would be really honest with her and mention that you find it odd that she would keep it for so long. A friend telling her out of concern is better than letting others talk about her. Be gentle in your delivery and keep her best interest in mind. If she plays dumb and insists on not being able to control it, maybe mention @Mrs.ChubbyBunny‘s comment in a joke, like be careful I heard hanging on to an accent is a sign of this…..
Post # 13
Oy. It’s hard not to feel embarrassed for or by her for doing this if it’s fake. She either just REALLY gets into things, or she really wants attention or is searching for an identity. It could be real, but I’m doubting that..
Like PP said, I would mostly just let it go and only say something along the lines of, “Wow, you really picked up an accent fast. Has this happened before when you’ve traveled?” It’ll go away eventually.
Post # 14
I pick up accents easily as well, like if I go to Georgia I will no doubt come back with somewhat of a Southern accent. But this seems a little more extreme. I would just give it a couple of weeks and if after 2-4 weeks she is still talking this way, just make a joke about it.
Post # 15
@PitBulLover: Me too! Darling Husband always laughs at me because he says he can tell when I go across the border to Buffalo for a day to shop, I develop a Western NY accent, lol!
Give her a couple weeks and see if it goes away. I know I certainly don’t do it on purpose, and it tends to only stick with certain words or sometimes a phrase.
Post # 16
@bakerella: lol thats so weird! It’s not something I can control either. I just adapt to whatever people are around me. But it never sticks!