In a viral post, an American woman set the record straight about living with a fake British accent for twelve years.
It Started In A Summer Camp
A girl was attending summer camp in a different US state. When she left the airport, her best friend called her, and they were talking. At the time, as an inside joke, they would use a fake British accent when answering the phone.
Little did the girl know a group of people from the summer camp were standing next to her and waiting for the bus to pick them up. She didn’t know anyone at the camp at this time.
As she walked onto the bus, she was met with an unfamiliar voice. A guy from the camp called her accent “cute” and asked her where she was from.
Anxiety Kicked In
She was so taken aback by it that her anxiety kicked in, and within moments, she found herself responding in kind with a passable fake British accent, saying that she was from “London, England” but moved to the States.
Unfortunately, the lies didn’t cease at that. What happens when you tell a small white lie? This was just the beginning of a whole web of lies.
During the bus ride to the camp, the girl listened to the guy talk about British TV shows like Doctor Who and continued to fake her accent.
She Continued To Weave Tales
As a teenager, she lacked the self-esteem and confidence to laugh it off as a bad joke, even though she desperately wanted to. “NO DON’T DO THAT IT’S TOO LATE YOU ARE BRITISH NOW!” Her anxiety told her.
Everyone on the bus heard the accent and her story about going to the London Theater (although she had never been!) and before she knew it, she had been accepted into the camp with a new identity: British!
She became great friends with the guy, and for the next two months of camp, she kept up the charade. Thinking that it would be easier to stick with her British accent than explain why she had adopted it in the first place, she worked hard to perfect it. She even watched YouTube videos on how to fake a better accent and words to say to get the intonation right.
Keeping The Secret For 12 Years
When camp ended, everyone parted ways, and she never expected to see the guy again. But over the next twelve years, they kept in touch through FaceTime calls and Snapchat messages—and each time, she would put on her British accent for him.
As the years went on, they weren’t in touch so much, but she continued to panic about it and live with the deep regret of faking her accent for so long. It was twelve years later, and while they were both happily married to other people at this stage, they had remained friends. The lie continued to eat the woman’s mind.
Reactions From Social Media
“You should just gradually lose your accent. This happens naturally to a lot of people who do actually move to different countries, especially as youngsters. I’m impressed you managed to keep it up this long, though!” one user commented.
“Lewis Hamilton, basically,” another commented.
“Pretend to knock your head in front of him and then start speaking with an American accent. That sh– will be hilarious,” another user wrote.
Recently, however, she mustered up the courage to come clean. After much deliberation, she sent an apology and explanation of what had happened. Surprisingly, he already knew!
He had done some googling after seeing a post from her father on her Facebook page that made him suspicious. He had also seen videos of her father speaking at conferences with a clearly American accent.
He accepted her apology and said he was glad she had finally come clean. His only wish is that she still puts on the British accent if they ever meet in person again! She feels relieved to have come clean and grateful for his understanding.
The story serves as a reminder that it’s never too late, to tell the truth, no matter how embarrassing it may be. And while she may still cringe at the memory of her long-running hoax, hopefully, this story will inspire others to watch their tongue!
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Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.