andz
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Accents Bad For Business

Thu Dec 29, 2005 4:50 pm

A survey in the UK has shown that regional accents can influence your chances when looking for a job. The accents seen as most acceptable were those from the home counties followed by American, Scottish and Indian accents. Bottom of the list and seen as least trustworthy were Scouse, Brum and Welsh accents!

Och aye the noo Jimmy gie's the job!

Oh and can anyone spot the similarities with the list below?

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RE: Accents Bad For Business

Thu Dec 29, 2005 5:16 pm

Quoting Andz (Thread starter):
those from the home counties

What is a "home" country?

QFF
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andz
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RE: Accents Bad For Business

Thu Dec 29, 2005 5:21 pm

It's counties not countries, these are the counties that border London.

From Wikipedia:
In 1888 with the laying down of London's formal borders and the creation of the County of London these prescriptively became that of Kent, Surrey, Middlesex and Essex with sections of Kent, Surrey and Middlesex used to make up the county.

In 1965 when London's borders expanded further into those counties and Hertfordshire to become Greater London, the list grew to include the counties of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, and Berkshire. At this stage, the remainder of Middlesex became absorbed into London with small sections ceded to Surrey and Hertfordshire.

It should be noted that in common usage the phrase is not necessarily applied with such geographical precision. The Home Counties are sometimes called London and the South-East or referred to as the London Commuter Belt or the London Metropolitan Area.
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RE: Accents Bad For Business

Thu Dec 29, 2005 5:46 pm

damn right, I would never give a job to a scouser or a brummie, not only do they have really annoying accents, but they will have nicked all the office equipment before you can even say "your hired"  stirthepot 

Quite right to hire the Scots first, wonderful trustworthy nation Big grin
 
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RE: Accents Bad For Business

Thu Dec 29, 2005 5:52 pm

"You have reached ABC Company, For English Press 1  irked  irked , for the Accounting Department Press 2, for the Order Department Press 3, for the Trash Department Press 4, for the Elevator Repair Person Press 5, for the Bathroom Cleaning Department Press 6, for the General Secretary Press 7, or please stay on the line and the next available idiot in India will answer your call . . . ." "Your call will be answered in 35 minutes". . . .

The computer voice is the worst voice for business . . . I want to talk to a human, damnit.
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RE: Accents Bad For Business

Thu Dec 29, 2005 6:52 pm

Quoting Andz (Thread starter):
Oh and can anyone spot the similarities with the list below?



Quoting Andz (Thread starter):
Ex Red Sox Relief Ace Arrested For Armed Robbery by LHMARK 2005-12-28 04:04:34

Red Sox fans tend to have accents that make them appear to be a few clowns short of a circus.  stirthepot 

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RE: Accents Bad For Business

Thu Dec 29, 2005 8:01 pm

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 1):
What is a "home" country?

Oh dear, QFF, never mind. You were just winding yourself up for a rant, weren't you? Read more carefully next time. Big grin
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RE: Accents Bad For Business

Fri Dec 30, 2005 12:31 am

Quoting Banco (Reply 6):
Oh dear, QFF, never mind. You were just winding yourself up for a rant, weren't you? Read more carefully next time.

Quite.

You know me too well Banco. My mistake

QFF

[Edited 2005-12-29 16:33:16]
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RE: Accents Bad For Business

Fri Dec 30, 2005 12:34 am

Quoting Andz (Thread starter):
Oh and can anyone spot the similarities with the list below?

Please make sure you are not posting a double. If this topic has already been discussed you should post in the thread already started. The following similar threads were found:
Volunteering For The Holidays by BCAInfoSys 2005-12-24 07:19:56
Ex Red Sox Relief Ace Arrested For Armed Robbery by LHMARK 2005-12-28 04:04:34
Dates For Farnborough 2006? by Mir 2005-12-15 21:19:51
Woman Survives Under Rubble For 64 Days. by Bravo45 2005-12-15 16:09:11
Texas Longhorns Investigated For Assault by Corocks 2005-12-17 05:45:22

 yes  The word FOR

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RE: Accents Bad For Business

Fri Dec 30, 2005 12:34 am

QFF why is your username all capitals in reply 7 but mixed upper and lowercase in reply 1?
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RE: Accents Bad For Business

Fri Dec 30, 2005 11:11 am

Quoting Andz (Reply 9):
QFF why is your username all capitals in reply 7 but mixed upper and lowercase in reply 1?

Not too sure. It just depends on the way I type in my username when I log-on.

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RE: Accents Bad For Business

Fri Dec 30, 2005 11:26 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 4):
You have reached ABC Company, For English Press 1

...


It takes so long cause they have to figure out how to route the call back to the head office from the outsourced call center...

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RE: Accents Bad For Business

Fri Dec 30, 2005 11:45 am

I should not have to try to understand a person because of an accent. I want to be spoken to by a person who I can understand CLEARLY.

"Welcome to Pearson International Airport" - GOOD
"Werlcom ta Persen Intranartional Aeroput" - BAD

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RE: Accents Bad For Business

Fri Dec 30, 2005 1:33 pm

Jagflyer if you had to hear some of the accents on TV and radio here, as well as some of the announcements made by SAA flight attendants you would swear it is not English being spoken. I don't understand what is so difficult about the concept of appointing someone who CAN speak in a job where speaking is required! Or is that somehow discrimination?
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