--- Elizabeth Walpole <ewalpole@...
> Hey what's wrong with calling people Luv, I know non
> Irish people who call almost everyone luv, pet, dear
> etc OK so theyre my grandmother and her friends but
> maybe the 'love' bit isn't actually part of her
> Irish thing.
In this case it seems to be part and parcel of this
person's affectation of what she believes to be
Irishness. She seems a well meaning sort, but her
attempts to write with an accent come off badly and
she ends up sounding rather ridiculous. Anyway, I use
her as an example of what not to do. I may sprinkle
notes to Morgan with a French expression or two, but
that's about it. I know I SPEAK modern French with a
Middle Atlantic American accent, and rustily at that.
> One tactic a friend of mine used when traveling in
> America, if asked to say "G'day Mate" would respond
> by asking the person in question to say "Howdy
> Pardner" first.
Works for me! Try telling people you're from New
Jersey. "Ah, yes, New JOISee." (Twitch, shudder.) We
don't all talk like "Goodfellas." (That would be Noo
"I do but sing because I must, And pipe but as the linnets sing."
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "In Memoriam."
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