Saturday, July 23, 2005

Scottish Accents

Sometimes I am just baffled. The report this morning on the death of James Doohan (apparently a superstar to some, but I never had a taste for Star Trek, so don't really know how to place him historically) had a bit that confused me no end.

From CBC Television News this morning - "He was not Scottish, but Canadian. He chose the accent because it made him sound more like an engineer."

Hmm - it has NEVER been my first reaction to a Scottish accent to think, "Wow - there is an engineer."

Maybe this would have been my view in the late 18th century. At that point the hot engineers were all Scottish (and in my view all the sensible philosophers).

Does this say something about Canada?


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