We all know the basic concept of the Oreo – someone who’s black on the outside, but white on the inside. What you may not know is that there really are a lot of intricacies involved in becoming, being and living a fulfulling life as an Oreo. The bi-weekly feature, “Oreos A – Z” will help keep you up to date and on your best Oreo behaviour.
B is for British
The accent of choice
An Oreo should always have
A posh lilt in their voice
To highlight the fact that an Oreo does not speak with an Ebonic dialect, it is imperative to use accents that are as different as possible from those used by RBPs. The accents of Britain are a great place to start! A well-versed Oreo will be able to switch into the various types of British accents on a whim. These include, but are not limited to: Posh, Londoner, NPR, Dublin, Northern Ireland, Standard Scottish, Southern Scottish, Mid Wales, Cumbrian, Geordie, Cockney Slang, Jasper Carrot and Shropshire.
Using the correct British slang is cute, cheeky and delightfully Oreo, innit tho!
Here is a brief tutorial on how to emulate a brilliant bloke!
Check out this post for more on using the correct lingo, stay caught up on the Oreo A – Z basics and enjoy these conversations with WhitePal where The Oreo Experience tries to figure out what the f he’s saying: Blood on the Toaster, wigger, monkeys.
Wow, um, are you being serious or facetious? People say I’m Oreo. Funny enough, I do break out in random accents like you say here. People also call me whitewashed ect…I am curious to know, though, do you take pride in the title Oreo? Or do you find it to be repulsive? (As in, I’m not white on the inside. I’m merely a black woman who speaks proper English.)
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Tkahns for sharing. Always good to find a real expert.
Funny how it seems like your saying any accent is better than the American southern accent most commonally associated with African Americans… I only say its funny cuz in Great Britian they tend to look down on half those accents you posted. Last thing you want to do is come off sounding like a Chav or some asbo with their mouth full of crisps. the interesting fact about vocal cords is that race doesnt effect them in anyway, so you usually sound like whatever you chose to mimick as a child. and what about all the African people born and living in Europe, are they oreos too by default? or does being an Orea require a steady mix of euro-charactaristics and self-hatred?
Oreos are pretty distinctly American. And I’m totes jeals of European blacks because when they come to the U.S., people are sooooo enamored. Hmmm, maybe I should pick up a French accent or somezing, aussi! And even if you sound like a plonker or pikey to the Brits, to the Americans, you sound so so interesting.
And yes, the self-hatred is pretty mandatory! 🙂
Ok I figured this was a American perspective thing… its hard to take you seriously when you use terms like “totes jeals” its like when I hear people say “mad jelly” same meaning both equally ridiculous… Yea you want to do French or maybe North Afican “which is basically still french” that will make you sound more interesting… also actually speaking the kings english helps… eliminating all American slang with make you the belle of the “lexicon ball”
but when you start down the path of proper english its a roller coaster… such as, mad means crazy not angry, when you want to say angry you say cross,
like how I get cross when I read your post because I think you are mad… 😉
Ever tried claiming you have a Frisian accent?
(It sounds American to the Britishers)
Good call! I will try it!!
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