I've posted about my strange hybrid accent before, but didn't really touch on how it might affect other people's perception of my intelligence.
The topic has come up before. I once told my (Scottish) PhD supervisor that if my plan to move to Vancouver didn't work out, I would probably go back to England because life's just so much easier when your accent matches*. He (not very reassuringly) replied, "I think you'll do well anywhere, despite your accent". (Note: this conversation took place in a pub and was not meant to be taken overly seriously).
But he can eat his words now, because the BBC is reporting on a study that found a Yorkshire accent (the strongest component of my hybrid effort) to be rated the highest in a test of perceived intelligence. Even more so than the Queen's English (standard old fashioned BBC-type accent).
Ha! Take that, Scottish PIs and English Queens.
Pity the poor old Brummies though. They were rated the lowest, apparently sounding less intelligent than if they'd just stayed silent.
To paraphrase from The Simpsons:
Lisa: "Sometimes it is better to stay silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt".
Homer: "...........Takes one to know one".
*There's a strong anti-English sentiment in parts of Scotland, and there were some situations in which I kept my mouth shut to avoid drawing attention to myself.
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