Want to Sound Australian? Drink more.

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Public speaking and communications lecturer Dean Frenkel doesn’t buy that the Australian accent was developed through a mixing of dialects. His explanation: heavy drinking.

“Our forefathers regularly got drunk together and through their frequent interactions unknowingly added an alcoholic slur to our national speech patterns,” Frenkel, who works at Victoria University, wrote in a piece for The Age.

He went on to say that the average Australian speaks “to just two-thirds capacity” and that the country’s signature drawl has cost the nation billions of dollars.

H/T The Drinks Business


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