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The Australian accent is the product of colonial settlers getting drunk, according to one of the country’s linguists.

Dean Frenkel, from Victoria University in Melbourne said that as well as having roots in English, Irish, Aboriginal and German, the Aussie accent is also a result of their ancestors’ love of getting drunk.

Mr Frenkel said: “The Australian alphabet cocktail was spiked by alcohol. Our forefathers regularly got drunk together and through their frequent interactions unknowingly added an alcoholic slur to our national speech patterns.”

“For the past two centuries, from generation to generation, drunken Aussie-speak continues to be taught by sober parents to children.”

Despite Mr Frenkel’s concerns, the Australian accent is popular around the globe. 

A survey earlier this year revealed it to be the fourth most attractive accent, coming behind British, American and Irish.


Aussie accent stems from drunks
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