Americans Pretending To Be British Part 10: Ross Geller

Always a hilarious bit of business for an American sit-com. If your character has nothing better to do, why not engineer a MacGuffin (incidentally, what is the verb involved with the creation of MacGuffin, do you suppose? Bake? Grow? Ignite?) which leaves a central character having to pretend to be British? And if you can create a situation whereby the MacGuffin is just a squirming desire to do well and fit in, well that practically IS British.

So well done, Doctor Ross Geller out of Friends, you have officially arrived:

You’d think being married to a well-to-do English girl with a would have rubbed a more convincing accent off on him though. Oh I know they weren’t together long, and they had their ups and downs when they were, but still. And what’s with the cockney geezerisms? Someone should tell him he’s got his homo chimneysweepus mixed up with his stately homorectus.

Or at least they should if he was, y’know, real.

PS: Someone should tell his friend Rachel that a white person doing a sing-song Indian accent over in the UK would play VERY badly nowadays.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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