You know I was once told the following by one of my bosses “Mike, you’re an intelligent lad and you’ll go far if you could just lose your accent”
My response to this was something along the lines of “What the **** has my accent got to do with the price of fish?” I didn’t work there very long, my boss was an idiot!
Its not the only time I’ve been told my accent is a problem, when I worked for Ocean software I used to work on the customer service line and was told a few times by customers, “I’m sorry I don’t understand your accent”, Mind you the other lad I used to work with had a broad mancunian accent and once received a letter from a satisfied client which read “The phone was answered by the most aggressive man with a mancunian accent……although he did solve my problem, many thanks.”
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t sound like George Formby and I don’t see my accent as a problem as even my Japanese wife and her English speaking friends and family can understand me if I don’t speak in slang.
However if I do speak in slang, then unless your another Lancastrian then you may not understand. This is why I have included a few Lancastrian phrases and words so that you might understand any words I say to you.
My accent is part of who I am, I am a Lancastrian, and it says so on my Birth Certificate.