If American baseball used British announcers (hilarious)

I don’t even follow team sports anymore, and this made me howl. If you’re a true sports fan, this is golden.  But still more than funny enough for the rest of us :)


“Caught by the chap in the pajamas with the glove that makes everything easier.”

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  • Steve_in_CNJ

    OMG I laugh out loud at Eddie Izzard, my favorite executive lesbian. Had to close the office door to watch that… Thanks.

  • Excellent and informative thread. Thanks Vicky and Steve.

  • Stephen Hero

    huge baseball fan here & this really made my day – Thanks!

  • Mox Nix

    My Australian friend calls us “Usanians.”

  • Vicky

    I have to just share these (vaguely related musings from Eddie Izzard):

  • Steve_in_CNJ

    Great points. I think the NZ “six” and “sex” are different (phonologically) only because the latter is a diphthong (see-ex for “sex” vs. seex for “six”). And then it’s a matter of degree between Aussie and Kiwi. Yes, I guess they do use Yorkshire accents for the domestic help and West Country for the farm help, now that you mention it. LOL. Then there’s the other lower-class accent, cockney, which became well-known to a lot of Americans via Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. BTW, I didn’t mean Aussies sound like Bostonians. It’s just their flat “ar” that somewhat matches. I hear the word “farthing” in my mind. The R is systematically missing in Aussie, Boston and UK variations, but the first two accents pronounce the “a” as in “fat” rather then “father”. I think it’s interesting that the Brits say the R in “ar” when reciting the alphabet, but Bostonians don’t, which is absurd.

  • Vicky

    I can see how the West Country accent might be slightly closer to yours in that way. I have to say though that to our ears it doesn’t sound American at all! And it’s generally portrayed as being a “farmer” accent, more specifically than just the general “help”. If we use Downton Abbey as an example, I think more of the “help” there are from the north of England, if anything (Yorkshire, maybe? Although thinking about it, that’s where the estate is meant to be located, so that makes sense!).

  • Vicky

    Yes, I guess some Irish and Scottish accents are slightly more easily confused to the English too sometimes, and they definitely are historically related, being that they’re both Celts.
    I have to say that while some English people might sound more American to you, they definitely don’t to us! Unless they’re actually putting it on/acting.
    I read a fascinating book about the English language once (actually several times – I need to buy another copy actually, since I managed to lose mine either in a move or after lending it to someone!) by Bill Bryson called Mother Tongue. In it he suggests that Shakespeare (and others around in his day) might actually have sounded more like a modern-day American than a modern-day Brit. That yours is the accent that has stayed more the same over time rather than ours (essentially, once you guys sailed off and left us, you made more of an effort to “preserve” the language as it was, while ours kept on evolving).

  • Vicky

    Thanks :)
    I think “i”s and “e”s are definitely key! For some reason I seem to think that the phrase “fish and chips” is the key to identifying a New Zealander (since for them it’d sound more like “fush and chups”!). Oh and then there’s the old six/sex becoming practically homophones (cue adolescent tittering!).
    I’m not sure you’re entirely right about Boston – I got the impression their accent was closer than the average American to the UK accent and it is because of the Rs (which are voiced more often in standard American but usually not by us and the Bostonians). The Aussies perhaps have a slightly different (more open?) “a” sound at the start though, which is perhaps even closer to Boston.

  • Miros

    I believe it would be “Eh”.

    Source: I’m Canadian.

  • emjayay

    British accents: If they sound like the Beatles, they are from Liverpool. If they sound perfectly British, they are from London but not the East End.

  • emjayay

    And god knows everyone loves Downton Abbey.

  • Steve_in_CNJ

    The “West-country” English accent can sound American, mostly because medial and final R’s are pronounced in SW England (you actually hear the R in “charm” you visit Bristol). This accent is used for the “help” in British movies and TV (eg, Merchant-Ivory films) and is widely mocked in the UK. Upper-class southern US accents can sound vaguely British because of the missing Rs. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the northern US was settled by folks from the West of England (eg, Plymouth) while the South was settled later on by folks from the SE of England. The Canadian accent is influenced by the large number of Scots who settled north of the border.

  • Steve_in_CNJ

    Enjoyed your astute comments! As you imply, English is distinctive for diphthong and triphthong vowels, a legacy of the great vowel shift of the middle ages. The Aussie diphthongs are so completely different from British ones that I never get the two accents confused. Of course I’m talking about the “working class” Aussie accent, not the “cultivated” one that probably tries too hard to sound British. The easiest shibboleth is the long-I diphthong – “mite” is mah-eet in British (and American English for that matter), but maw-eet in Aussie (or South African). If this is too subtle, listen for the double vowel in Australian “mate”. Sounds a lot like UK (or US) “mite”. This variation would not be possible without the aforementioned shift of the long-I by the Australians, which allowed the long-A to take its place. By the way, I tell NZ from Aussie by listening for the short-E. So “met” is mee-et in both, but the 2 vowels in this diphthong are more distinct in the Kiwi accent. Having said all that, I continue to be amazed by Meryl Streep (doing Australian) and Matt Damon (doing South African). LOL.

  • Well and up until recently Mexico was the United State of Mexico, so if we play that “American” game then they’re not “Mexicans” either.

  • Oh I definitely hear differences in British accents – the problem is sometimes discerning some of those accents and how they differ from Aussies or South Africans.

  • 1. No one? Everybody knows that Carol Burnett speaks like the Queen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y7BIvec5ns


    2. We can’t tell many Canadians from Americans, unless they’re accent is very strong (like comically strong) or they do the “oot” thing. Seriously.

    3. Some Irish and some Scots can be confusing too. It really depends on the accent. But again, I’ll bet you a linguistics person would probably tell you that the accents we confuse are probably closely related. A good Northern Ireland accent we can spot right away, the rest depends. I’ve heard English people who sounded American – and not ones who lived here. There’s some accent from over there that is far too similar to ours (again, I suspect that might be the same folks who came over here hundreds of years ago).

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  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    It just happens to be a pet peeve of mine. I guess you could always say U.S. citizens. BTW – many of us love British movies and TV shows. I love the “Vicar of Dibley” and “Keeping Up Appearances”.

  • Vicky

    Yes, Canadians are also American, but then so are Mexicans and Argentinians (and so on and so forth)! Sadly, in English (unlike, say, Spanish), we don’t really have a better word (“United-Statesian”?)!
    I think Brits generally can tell some US accents apart. I mean, we probably wouldn’t be able to necessarily pin you down to a specific city or State, but I think most of us can tell Southern/not-Southern apart. We have the advantage of hearing a lot more of you guys than you do of us (because of all the movies/TV) (whereas you just tend to buy our movies/TV shows and then remake them, most of the time!).

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Gekkos became my friends when we lived in Taiwan. They were better than calling an exterminator.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Actually, most of us hear differences in British accents, but I understand the confusion with Australian accents. Apparently all the U.S.A. (Canadians are also Americans) accents sound the same to you. That’s amazing to me, because my southern accent stands out in Minnesota.

  • Wouldn’t it be loverly! :-)

  • Vicky

    Yeah, I realise it’s not unusual (in fact, it’s remarkably common!), although I still find it a bit baffling, because they really are quite different (not to mention, there are really a lot of different regional UK accents that to you guys all sound a bit like the Queen!) (which, incidentally, pretty much nobody except her really speaks like that any more!).
    I mean, I can’t really tell Canadians from Americans (unless perhaps they’re saying really specific things) and it can take a while for me to tell a Kiwi from an Aussie with any certainty (again, certain words make it easier – vowel sounds are important!), and the occasional South African can get mixed up with those two for me too (if I’m not paying attention), but I really never knew about the Brit/Aussie thing until I was in the States myself and started getting mistaken for one! I’ve started wondering whether it’s pretty much all English-speakers that aren’t Americans that you guys seem to mix up? Except the Irish, maybe? Perhaps that’s a more familiar one to you guys for immigration-related reasons? Is that what you meant? What are the other ones that you can spot?

  • Oh do they go nap during cricket? Oh right, that’s the 3 day long game thing.

  • The Aussie thing, I gotta tell you, is tough. I’m good at languages, and have a great ear for them, especially accents. But I get thrown by the difference between some Australians, Brits and South Africans. For example, I was convinced that the announcer in this video was Aussie. I suspect the accents that we confuse are probably related, in terms of immigration. Otherwise I have no idea why, but THOSE are the accents I always mix up, and I’m very good at all the others.

  • Indigo

    Mother Hubbard! Look at all those sailors!

  • libsechumanist

    Yep – the best part – the end score. Also, ‘Salamander’, the guys going for a nap, and the FBI. When I lived in London I had a friend TRY to explain cricket to me & I still don’t understand it….kinda like this announcer chap with bb ;-)

  • Vicky

    No offense taken, just correcting the record. Also, you’ve just proved several of my points – the Geiko Gekko is Cockney (a specific [and strong] accent of people living in East London, England), not Australian! haha

  • No offense intended. I just love Gekkos after living in Hawaii. My best traveling bud in India was Australian and he did sound like the Geiko Gekko.

  • Vicky

    On behalf of Brits everywhere (as one who has lived in the States and therefore is familiar with the Geiko ads) I have to jump in here and say that this guy sounds nothing like the Geiko Gekko! Nor, for the record, does John Oliver (which is a comparison I’ve heard more than once!). And while we’re at it, we don’t sound very much like Australians either!

  • Monoceros Forth

    Pratt… back to Pratt… Pratt again… a long ball out to Pratt… and now Pratt is on the ball, a neat little flick back inside to Pratt, who takes it nicely and sends it through on the far side to Pratt, Pratt with it but passes instead to Pratt, Pratt again…

  • S1AMER

    What a hoot!

  • The Geiko Gekko went into sports casting! How cool is that? :-)

  • LOL I just watched it again, and was gonna say the same thing – that made me laugh. I wanted to post more of the jokes but didn’t want to ruin it for people.

  • BermudaFused

    LOL Loved the score at the end.

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