As Suspected, the Australian Accent Came from Years of Heavy Drinking

Published On 10/28/2015 Published On 10/28/2015

The timbre of the beloved Crocodile Hunter, one of the sexiest accents in the world, and the diction in which Russell Crowe yells at everyone, is actually just the result of lots of drinking. That makes a lot of sense, given Steve Irwin's one-time antics and ol' Russell's anger issues -- but it's seriously the reason Aussies sound the way they do.

According to Dean Frenkel, a lecturer at Victoria University, the Australian accent was passed down by inebriated forefathers who added a slur to the Queen's English. Historically, the Australian language was influenced by English, Irish, Aboriginal, and German. But, apparently, no single factor influenced their speech patterns quite so much as how often and heavily these settlers drank, bringing out that unique twang the world now knows and loves. And if you've ever been in a hostel, you'd recognize that speech pattern and drinking, as it must be a law that every hostel contain an Australian who's been drinking.

Frenkel writes in his article for The Age, "For the past two centuries, from generation to generation, drunken Aussie-speak continues to be taught by sober parents to their children." Which definitely explains that degree of laziness to the accent. The t's, I's, and s's are taken out of words, and certain nouns are pronounced without annunciation. As an example, the article cites the pronunciation of "night" as "noight."

The researcher goes on to explain that rhetoric should be taught in Australian schools, like in the US, noting that "Despite other imperfections," Americans got this right. So there you have it: Australians can't talk good. Remember that next time you go fightin' round the world.

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Kara King is a News Writer at Thrillist and honestly wishes she had such noble roots. ​Send news tips to and follow her at @karatillie.



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