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Posted: 19 September 2007 07:34 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Well, after this story about the man who woke up being able to speak perfect English after hitting his head, we now have a 10-year-old-boy waking up with an upper-class British accent after life-saving brain surgery.

LONDON: A 10-year-old boy has woken up with an upper-class English accent after undergoing life-saving brain surgery.

William McCartney-Moore’s usual northern England accent was replaced with refined tones complete with elongated vowels after he had an operation to remove fluid on his brain.

William, who is from York, needed the surgery after falling ill with a rare strain of meningitis last March.

“He survived the operation and the most amazing thing is he came out of surgery with a completely different accent,” his mother, Ruth McCartney-Moore, told the York Press.

“He went in with a Yorkshire accent and came out all posh. He no longer had short ‘a’ and ‘u’ vowels. They were all long.”

Ms McCartney-Moore said doctors initially thought her son was going to die. He lost everything, she said, including his ability to read, write and recognise objects.

But William began to recover after the operation and was out of hospital in about a month.

Doctors said changes to people’s accents after surgery were rare. The central speech centre of William’s brain could have changed, they said.

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Posted: 19 September 2007 11:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Ok.  For those of you over there what is the difference??

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Posted: 19 September 2007 12:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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So now it’s proven the fastest way of joining the English upper class is to get brain-damaged?

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Posted: 19 September 2007 12:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Or maybe it says a thing or two about upper class English…

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Posted: 19 September 2007 12:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I wake up with a posh accent every day!
Oh wait, there was more to the story than that. Never mind.
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gray - 19 September 2007 03:34 PM

Ok.  For those of you over there what is the difference??

Difficult to explain. They’re just totally different accents.

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Posted: 19 September 2007 03:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Boo - 19 September 2007 04:12 PM
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Ok.  For those of you over there what is the difference??

Difficult to explain. They’re just totally different accents.


It’s a silly question. I mean, how do you explain the difference between ANY accents? Without impersonating them all you can say is that they’re different.

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Posted: 19 September 2007 03:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Imagine Foghorn Leghorn waking up and talking like Fran Drescher. Fairly signifigant.

Sadly, I live in California, which is linguistically as close to unaccented American English as it gets. Though we do have the Governator, which helps.

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Posted: 19 September 2007 03:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Robin Bobcat - 19 September 2007 07:48 PM

Imagine Foghorn Leghorn waking up and talking like Fran Drescher. Fairly signifigant.

Sadly, I live in California, which is linguistically as close to unaccented American English as it gets. Though we do have the Governator, which helps.


Now HE has one hell of an accent.

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Posted: 19 September 2007 05:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Robin Bobcat - 19 September 2007 07:48 PM

Imagine Foghorn Leghorn waking up and talking like Fran Drescher. Fairly signifigant.

Sadly, I live in California, which is linguistically as close to unaccented American English as it gets. Though we do have the Governator, which helps.


Now HE has one hell of an accent.

Yeah, but he didn’t have head trauma/surgery and wake up with it.  Why?

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Posted: 20 September 2007 12:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Everyone say’s I have a posh accent… I wonder what people will sayif I go to America…?

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Posted: 20 September 2007 12:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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AHHHHH!!!  It’s the anti-christ, kill it!!!  Or something like that.

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