Sunday, February 10, 2008

Accidental Thief

Let me preface this by saying it really is accidental. I have had this "phenomenon" my whole life.

I know I am not alone in this. I'm from Maine and have a "Maine accent". Not the downeast Maine accent, nor the northern accent. But, it is definitely there although I am losing it since being down in this area of Florida.

My thievery is of others voice tones and their accents. For instance, my cashier at the farmers market has a very strong New Zealand accent. While speaking to him, suddenly my voice thinks it too is from New Zealand. I sound quite silly, but for some reason I cannot control it. That man from Texas talking to me at the health food store? I suddently have a Texan drawl...only we all know it must sound awful fake. The New Yorker bagging my groceries at Publix? You can guess how I start talking.

I also tend to pick up on the tones people are speaking to me with. I will get very soft with a soft spoken woman, or very brash with a loud man. Deep voice? Me too! I'm not sure why this happens, but I can remember instances from various periods in my life. Maybe it's some weird insecurity in me, trying to fit in. I really don't know.

Luckily, around my husband and son I talk in what appears to be my own voice. I have the ever so slight southern accent developing, and I don't mind. So, if you are talking to me and notice I'm beginning to sound just like you.....I apologize in advance.


Likestrek said...

That's funny, though I can't say I've ever noticed it. Then, I usually don't notice my Maine accent!

Cathy said...

I think it tends to come out around strangers and people I don't know very well. Not family ;) It is hard to notice your own accent unless you are surrounded by people with another accent ;)

Tara said...

My husband does this too- it's completely subconscious but it makes me giggle. :-)