I saw Madonna interviewed the other day which prompted this thread. I was aghast on how she has turned from NY Pop Queen to Mary Poppins. I know she lives there now but her new accent seems contrived . I cant tell much about her affected accent so Ill ask some of you folks there in the UK - Where does her adopted British accent come from and is it real? Can you fake a British accent and fool a Brit? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH6cHmSchtM I have a friend who is from New Orleans and says that he can size-up a person just by his accent- what neighborhood his family lives and what socio-economic class he is from. Accents and dialects have been used in social discrimination there. Is this the case with British accents as well? Do Brits change their accents when needed? Is there a standard British accent? And how much are you judged by the British accent you have?