Is it something we said?
IT doesn’t take much to stir the prejudices of Middle England, but a report on the alleged incoherence of the Glasgow accent has managed to do it.
The report said that people from Glasgow – and Birmingham too – are wrongly judged as being less intelligent and capable because of their accents.
Researchers in London reviewed a number of studies on dialects, which found that “non-standard” accents such as those from Glasgow or Brum “consistently rated low for traits like intelligence, competence, confidence and leadership”.
Cue an amusing online debate on an English daily newspaper’s website – and it has also upset my esteemed colleague Tom Shields (see page 12). Of the responses, this one was typical: “That Glaswegians are almost impossible to understand is not just because of the thickness of their accents, but due to their insistance [sic] on exporting colloquialisms unheard-of elsewhere, and to their lack of awareness of the fact that no-one from anywhere else in the universe can understand a blind word they’re saying.”
But then, in defence of the Glasgow accent, we admired this one: “Andrew Marr, Laura Kuenssberg, Menzies Campbell, Gerard Butler, Peter Capaldi, Robbie Coltrane, Sarah Smith, Craig Ferguson, Helena Kennedy, Michael Martin et al x100 .... all fae Glesga ya mad rockets.”