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turning British? i don't think so...
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there is an older woman (about my dad's age, i think) in my Morphology and Syntax class, and i get along with her pretty well. we chat before class if i manage to get there on time, and after class as i'm going to my car and she's going to the Phonetics and Phonology class (which i have to take next semester). so today after class i was walking downstairs after class with her and a guy from the class (who is Cuban and about her age), when we start talking about the weather. an excerpt from the conversation:

Me: it's gotten so cold today. this morning when i left the house it was all sunny.
Mary Ann: yeah, and now we've got this white sky thing going on.
Me: yeah, i find that rather unsettling.
Mary Ann: that sounds so British! Luís, don't you think that sounded British, [affecting bad posh British accent] "i find the weather unsettling"?
Me: [bewildered pause]...i have lots of British friends, that's my excuse, i guess.

and i'm still confused as to what makes that sentence "British-sounding". it's not as if i said it with a British accent, i said it with my normal voice (if you're in the UK, you probably hear everything i type in a British accent of one sort or another, so instead imagine Sandra Bullock or Julia Roberts saying it. not that my voice sounds like either of theirs, but the accent is close enough, i think.) so, um, any thoughts?
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valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Tuesday 11th March 2003 08.42 (UTC) (Link)
she isn't from around here, either. she's from up north (judging from the accent, Wisconsin or Michigan or somewhere thereabouts). i can understand Texans thinking me using phrases like "rather unsettling" to be a bit odd to say in casual conversation, but they're standard English.
hawkida From: hawkida Date: Tuesday 11th March 2003 00.24 (UTC) (Link)
There's an old joke that claims the Brits always talk about the weather. It's not a completely bizarre stereotype, though - the weather changes a lot here and is pretty unpredictable so we do.
valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Tuesday 11th March 2003 08.36 (UTC) (Link)
there's a saying that goes "if you don't like the weather in Texas, wait a minute"...we tend to talk about the weather a lot here too ^_~

i think it's just that most people here don't say things are "rather unsettling"...it'd more normal to say "that's weird".
From: lobotomymonkey Date: Tuesday 11th March 2003 07.52 (UTC) (Link)
I don't think that sounds British at all..
It sounds like you're educated enough to use words like "unsettling", that's all.

Conclusion: Mary Ann is an idiot.
From: _jamez_ Date: Tuesday 11th March 2003 08.57 (UTC) (Link)
Not being not British I have no idea whether it sounds specifically British or not because it sounds normal to me which it would do if it was either British or extra British.

Did she mean unsettling in that it unsettled you or the weather was refusing to settle? Perhaps the former is more British stereotypically speaking but I'm not really sure.
From: _jamez_ Date: Tuesday 11th March 2003 11.19 (UTC) (Link)
No different to most I don't doubt.
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