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Why so many Gen Z Americans fake British accents

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Gen Z Americans are imitating British accents at an incredible volume — and it’s all thanks to the latest British invasion of TV shows, the Guardian reported.

Kyra Green, a 26-year-old New Yorker, cites watching the British reality dating show “Love Island” as when “the accent really took over.”

“The accent blew the f–k, and everyone was obsessed with their cute little sayings, like ‘do bits,'” Green told the British slang publication to get groovy with a lover.

On Twitter, you don’t have to dig deep to find someone who confesses to that their inner Brit has come out after seeing “Ted Lasso” as well. Parents say the children’s show ‘Peppa Pig’ inspires their children to speak with British linguistics.


Shows like "Love Island" have inspired young Americans to apply British accents.
Shows like “Love Island” have inspired young Americans to adopt British accents.
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Other young people use English accents as a nervous habit, such as Asher Lieberman, a 21-year-old from Miami.

“I was ordering something on a date recently, and the name of what I wanted came out wrong when I asked,” he said. “So I just talked in a British accent for the rest of the order. It is a defense mechanism, a kind of buffer of my real personality.”

Lieberman will also ask his roommates to take out the “garbage” instead of the garbage, as a way to follow up on chores in a less intense way.

“I am playful. It’s the British part of me asking for something to be done, not the real me.”


Two men at a bar.
Some Americans have adopted British accents to ease tensions in conversation.
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Jessie Brown, a 29-year-old hairdresser in Brooklyn, supported the sentiment. “I always added accents when I wasn’t comfortable. Maybe my brain thinks it makes anything weird I just said tastier.

There’s some verbal science to this phenomenon, too, according to dialect coach Amy Walker.

“We think about [British accents] like cerebral and not super emotional,” she said. “The voice can raise something that feels a little too real right now.”


Using a British accent can reduce tension in the United States, say experts and users.
Using a British accent can reduce tension in the United States, say experts and users.
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Still, the fancy statement sometimes slips out at inappropriate times on our side of the pond.

Brinton Parker, 30, a Bay Area tech, let it loose when she spoke to her boss about the tough times Silicon Valley is going through.

“I said, ‘It’s affecting my mental health, right?’ ” she said. “And my boss said, ‘Why did you say that?’ I think it adds levity to a vulnerable situation, the louder the conversation the more Cockney I become.”


Not all imitation of British accents by young Americans is flattering.
Not all imitation of British accents by young Americans is flattering.
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On TikTok, a search for “fake British accent” yields a wealth of videos. Some have amassed over 3 million hits from the yank phonies.

In a less flattering trend, many young Americans will make fun of British slang – such as pronouncing Harry Potter as “arry pah uh” – on social media as well.

Especially the phrase “it’s chewing day, right?” (it’s Tuesday, isn’t it?) get the 1776 treatment online.

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