After I posted that video about voice recognition systems and accents, a reader kindly sent me a link to this one:
The Scots accent is inherently funny (is that un-PC to say, or is it okay because they’re white?) because of its strange mixture of sentimentality and truculence. The sentimentality is also captured in the fact that traditionally speakers have liberally sprinkled their speech with cute diminutives—for example, “wee,” and the addition of “ie” to many words. Both tendencies are almost perfectly exemplified by the first two lines of the famous Robert Burns poem “To A Mouse,” one of my personal favorites:
Wee, sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!
Only a Scotsman would dare to rhyme “beastie” with “breastie” and come out on top.
But on YouTube one video leads to another, and so I found this one next, which I think is pretty funny as well:
But the granddaddy of them all is this classic from Saturday Night Live:
If it’s not Scottish, it’s crap.