Alternate Titles (redirects): What Accent
, Oblivious To The Accent
(Something I just thought of after seeing it in a couple places.)
A character with a thick accent, when misunderstood by someone else with a different accent, may either deny that they're speaking in an accent or be totally oblivious to it. This can lead to huge and humorous misunderstandings.
- Gussie Mausheimer from An American Tail has Elmuh Fudd Syndwome, and pronounces the word "rally" as "wowie". After Honest John asks what a "wowie" is and she explains it to him, he figures out that she meant "rally". She replies irritably "Zats vhat I said! A wowie!"
- The Pink Panther Strikes Again. Inspector Clouseau (who has a thick French accent) is in Bavaria and goes to a hotel.
Clouseau: Tell me, do you have a room?
Desk Clerk: I do not know what a "reum" is.
Inspector Clouseau: [looks up "room" in his phrase book] Zimmer (German for "room").
Desk Clerk: Ah! A room!
Clouseau: That is what I have been saying, you idiot.
- In My Cousin Vinny, Vinny mentions to the court that these "two yoots", beginning a round of where the judge finally gets him to say, "youths".
- In one scene in Bloodbath At The House Of Death, Dr Lukas Mandeville, who normally speaks English without any foreign accent, lapses into a strong German accent. When another character points this out, he replies "I am not speaking in zis German accent!"
- Young Frankenstein. Inspector Kemp tries to cool down a a group of villagers that want to go after Frederick Frankenstein.
Kemp: I think before we go around killing people, we had better make damn sure of our evidence. Und we had better confirm the fact that young Frankenstein is indeed vollowing in his grandfather's vootstaps.
Kemp: Vollowing in his grandfather's vootstaps. Vootstaps! Vootstaps! [stamps feet]
Villagers: Oh, footsteps.
- Monty Python's Flying Circus
- Episode 34 ("Cycling Tour). Mr. Pither goes to the British Consulate in Smolensk and finds that the British Consul is a Chinese man with a strong accent.
"British Consul": We Blitish here in Smolensk velly intellested in clicket.
Mr. Pither: Oh, cricket?
"British Consul": No, no...you not speak English velly well. Not clicket - clicket...clicketty click...clicket.
- Get Smart
- Max's archenemy the Claw, who pronounces it "craw."
Smart: Well, if it isn't my old enemy the Craw.
Claw: Not Craw! Craw!
- One episode had a CONTROL agent be revealed to be a CHAOS agent, after which, he started speaking with an accent. When Max mentioned it, he insisted he was speaking normally and had been speaking with an accent while undercover.
- On an episode of The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Carlos Mencia told a story of how his brother couldn't understand people with a Canadian accent, and said "I can't unersand zees people's assent, they need to learn to speak Enlish" [sic] in a heavy Mexican accent.
- Hayk Manukyan
- In an episode of his Harut series, the Armenian-accented Harut pulls up to a drive-through window and asks for a number twelve, pronouncing it "twerve". This leads to a huge misunderstanding, with Harut screaming "Vhy you no understand?!"
- In his vlog, Hayk tells a (probably fake) story about how he got in trouble while returning a VCR to a store because the way he said "as a matter of fact" came out sounding like "as motter focked", and couldn't understand why everyone got so upset. When the problem is traced to his accent, he replies "Vot ocksent?"
- Order Of The Stick. Roy proofreads Durkon's letter to a high priest, written in the dwarfish Scottish-esque accent. When told he doesn't need to transcribe it, Durkon just asks "my what now?"?
- One episode of King of the Hill has an incident told by various people. When it's Boomhauer's turn, the flashback has everybody speaking like Boomhauer except himself, who now speaks normally. This implies that Boomhauer thinks his speech patterns are normal and common.
- On an episode of DuckTales, Magica Despell used magic to disguise herself, but her odd accent gave her away. She even said "Vot Ocksent?" when questioned about it.
- In the Phineas and Ferb episode, "Finding Mary MacGuffin", they are at a lab coat store looking for a man with a German accent who frequents garage sales. It Makes Sense in Context. They start interviewing people in the store, and a man with a very obvious southern accent remarks, "As you can see, I don't have an accent."
- A Running Gag on The Weekenders was Trish's mom saying something incomprehensible ("Kissing My Cup"), Trish translating it for her friends ("Kiss and make up") and Trish's mom replying "Is what I say!"