Are the regional stereotypes shared also by the local people who are the object of each stereotype? When I found a humor book at a bookshop in England, there were a lot of harsh descriptions about people from Scotland.
Speaking of Scotland, Thomas Blake Glover was from Scotland.
The Scot who shaped Japan
I don’t know if I have tried to “learn” English humour from books; I have several books in English that deals with humour or jokes. I remember I was able to know what kind of stereotypical images people in England(?) have about people from Scotland, doctors, etc. I imagine that stereotypes show us what kind of perspectives people tend to apply towards the groups they do not belong to.
"Hm, can English humour be learned from a book? "
Is this an example of English humour?
“The place I’m from is roughly centred on the triangle ‘weird accents’, ‘posh nerds’ and ‘boring rich people’ (but sort of nearer the ‘weird accents’.)”
Not to change the subject, but do both posh nerds and boring rich people speak English with weird accents? Are their accents related to Estuary English? Or can the accents be grouped into several regional accents that are different from Estuary English?
Perhaps you should think as much about who considers certain English accents weird as how the accents are distributed in different regions.
It’s complicated. Some people really DO speak this “jolly what ho” kind of English - but they are Etonians, etc. (Basically guys who f__k their sisters.) Most folks speak a regional accent or a kind of “correct”/regional hybrid.
The “weird accents” they are referring to on this map would be West Country:
Now I don’t necessarily speak just like that! But I was once in Birmingham New Street Station, and they immediately said “You from near Bristol?” Brummie bastards!