Living in the far southwest of England has its drawbacks. The rest of the country tend to think that because of the accent we're all bit thick (stupid), they also seem to think that we live off a diet of pasty's, scrumpy, clotted cream and scones. The latter may be true for some but as far as most of the population goes it's all just a ruse.
Is it a lie? Oh yes.
Most people who live here adopt the accent at some point. It never fails to confuse tourists and stops them asking inane questions like "Where's the beach?".
The Cornish accent is a treat for the ears and unlike some of the TV programmes
(who incidentally, never get it right) the accent is more of a way of speaking than just a lilt. A regional dialect that differs from Devon (next door) , Somerset, or Dorset and the greatest irritation is to be compared with a Bristol accent (pah!). Cornish people have no hang-ups about the rest of the country - you are all just foreigners as far as they are concerned. Non-Celt's who live over the bridge in heathen England!
So if you're coming down on holiday this summer, smile, drink the cyder, eat the pasty's and nod in the right places when a local talks to you. You can then leave us to tuck into the real Cornish stuff.....
Oh, and watch out for those things in the picture below. They'll steal yer scrumpy, yer pasty and yer wife too!
pee ess - The title of my post means "Listen carefully dimwit, or I'll give you a wallop".