Sometimes it will take 2-3 weeks of knowing someone before I find out that they’re not from America at all. It’s impossible to consume the amount of American culture that we do without adopting a bit of a twang. However, what started out as a twang has in some cases developed into a full blown drawl. Where is the Irish accent headed? Topping the polls for ugliest population on the plant, the accent should be protected, it’s our only hope of charming the sexy people on holidays, creating a kind of smoke screen around our apparently funny looking faces.
Accents aside, the Irish are famed for their lyrical use of the English language. Some say that this is our way of personalising a language which isn’t originally our own. We are sadly allowing our native language to lose relevance and our way of compensating for this is to colourfully manipulate the language we were given, making it our own. Whatever the reason, we know how to command a sentence but if the Americanisms keep flooding in, do we end up doing away with our lyrical tongue? Suffering from the effects of a fairly flat accent myself, I know how tempting it can be to climb upwards at the end of sentence to try and prevent people from drifting off but I will never, never use the word awesome.
Dylan Moran captures this frustration perfectly in this video ( from 7 minutes on)