It’s an accent that’s equally loved and misunderstood around the world – the Aussie twang. But what if we told you their drunken forefathers were what caused the nation’s ‘slur’? Well, that’s what one expert thinks any way…
Many believed it was a mix of dialects from early settlers from England, Ireland, and Germany, melded with the Aborigines’ language, that caused the Aussie drawl, but one communication expert thinks otherwise.
Mr Dean Frenkel, who lectures in public speaking and communication at Melbourne’s Victoria University, believes that the unmistakeable Aussie twang came about because early settlers were partial to a few tinnies, and their heavy ‘alcoholic slur’ was passed on to their children. Poor kids.
Mr Frenkel wrote in The Age:
The Australian alphabet cocktail was spiked by alcohol. Our forefathers regularly got drunk together and through their frequent interactions unknowingly added an alcoholic slur to our natural speech patterns.
He also went onto call on Australian schools to teach verbal expression better to children, adding that the standard Australian only speaks at ‘two-thirds capacity’, including missing T’s, I’s and S’s, as well as transforming vowels into other vowels.
Roight mate, this doesn’t do any favours for the stereotype now does it?