Suffering from latent anglophilia

Here’s a bit of what Wikipedia has to say about the condition:

“An Anglophile is a person who is fond of English culture and England in general. In some cases, anglophilia represents an individual’s preference for English culture over their own; the belief that English culture is superior; or an appreciation of English history. American anglophiles will often use English spellings, such as ‘colour’ instead of ‘color’, ‘favourite’ instead of ‘favorite’, ‘centre’ instead of ‘center’, and ‘realise’ instead of ‘realize’.

I love getting email from Keith Povall, author of Sturdy Soapbox. But I really wish he’d send me an MP3 file instead, so I could enjoy what I’m certain is a charming accent. Same goes for Phil Powell and James Smith, charter members of the Order of the Fez. I’d love to hear those lads read the back of a cereal box.

The newest members of the OOTF are John, Andy and Clive (Clive! How perfect is that?). They’re in a band I think. Brits all, but I’ve never heard their voices.

If you’re reading this, mates… how about recording a little something and sending it along. I don’t care what. I just want to hear that music that is the Queen’s English (or whatever you happen to speak). You can reach me at

4 thoughts on “Suffering from latent anglophilia

  1. >>more chance of plaiting snot<< THAT is what I'm talking about! "plaiting snot?" Only the Brits. Oh well. Didn't hurt to ask. Let's hope one of the others come through.

  2. I hate the sound of my voice when it’s recorded, so you’ve more chance of plaiting snot than getting am MP3 of that from me.
    Despite the fact I love taking pics, I am not too keen on being in them myself either.

  3. Dear Jane: What I sound like?! Oh, my. There is no shortage of video and audio of If you cannot find a sample, just let me know and I’ll send links.

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