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Has Bono's Irish accent diminished over the years?
« on: May 16, 2013, 01:30:14 PM »
Listening to a bootlet from the Joshua Tree tour and one from Elevation, my wife noticed a change in Bono's accent, saying it wasn't as deep now as it was then (if that makes sense).  It seems that way to me as well.    Do you think so or am I imagining things?



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Re: Has Bono's Irish accent diminished over the years?
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2013, 01:32:41 PM »
His Irish accent has given way to a neutral accent, that probably came about from all his hobnobbing with big knobs.

He even had a distinctly Irish accent around the time of Zoo TV.


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Re: Has Bono's Irish accent diminished over the years?
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2013, 01:39:50 PM »
There is no such thing as a neutral accent. Is there?

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Re: Has Bono's Irish accent diminished over the years?
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2013, 01:47:43 PM »
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There is no such thing as a neutral accent. Is there?

Alright, a kind of mid-Atlantic accent that comes from crisscrossing the Atlantic ocean so often that he can't remember whether he's Irish or American.


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Re: Has Bono's Irish accent diminished over the years?
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2013, 04:49:42 PM »
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There is no such thing as a neutral accent. Is there?

Alright, a kind of mid-Atlantic accent that comes from crisscrossing the Atlantic ocean so often that he can't remember whether he's Irish or American.



I agree with this. Well he still sounds Irish, just not Oirish.

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Re: Has Bono's Irish accent diminished over the years?
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2013, 07:10:42 PM »
I thought this was common knowledge... it's definitely not as strong as it used to be. Mixed with some flavor from another country to create a sound I don't quite like... I liked his accent best around the Joshua Tree era.

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Re: Has Bono's Irish accent diminished over the years?
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2013, 10:22:34 PM »
I think what is funny is that he's lost his Irish accent, but is starting to look more and more like an old Irishman.

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Re: Has Bono's Irish accent diminished over the years?
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2013, 10:41:18 PM »
His accent in the later 80's era was influenced by America. He's still got the Irish accent of but tunes it to where and who he is with

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Re: Has Bono's Irish accent diminished over the years?
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2013, 10:54:06 PM »
He definitely still has a pretty noticeable Irish accent IMO, but that's coming from an midwest-American.

What I love is when he imitates a typical American accent, which he did in his interview with Charlie Rose that aired tonight--hilarious!

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Re: Has Bono's Irish accent diminished over the years?
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2013, 12:09:55 PM »
Being from Dublin, Bono never had a strong Dublin accent. He has always been pretty well spoke actually. As any great communicator Bono subtly changes his accent depending on who hes around. He can actually do a great Dublin accent, I've noticed from time to time. His accent has become quite neutral...but he has a lot of Irish cheek, humor and phraseology (which I'm sure is the wrong word :-)

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Re: Has Bono's Irish accent diminished over the years?
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2013, 01:03:40 PM »
I think when he gets tired, his accent is stronger.....
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Re: Has Bono's Irish accent diminished over the years?
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2013, 05:36:53 PM »
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I think what is funny is that he's lost his Irish accent, but is starting to look more and more like an old Irishman.

lol. Sexy!

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Re: Has Bono's Irish accent diminished over the years?
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2013, 05:39:23 PM »
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Being from Dublin, Bono never had a strong Dublin accent. He has always been pretty well spoke actually. As any great communicator Bono subtly changes his accent depending on who hes around. He can actually do a great Dublin accent, I've noticed from time to time. His accent has become quite neutral...but he has a lot of Irish cheek, humor and phraseology (which I'm sure is the wrong word :-)

I'm not sure how having an Irish/any accent correlates to being well-spoken or not. Well-spokenness (not a word, lol) is in the appropriate use of vocab, not your accent.

Truth, most videos I see of Bono is of him "marketing" to Americans/Europeans. Is there a difference in his accent when talking to an American audience/market vs other?

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Re: Has Bono's Irish accent diminished over the years?
« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2013, 11:11:40 AM »
Im not saying the accent makes you not well spoken, but there is a humor, slang....that goes with it.

'Well spoken' in my mind cuts out a lot of this. It needs to, as you wouldn't understand much if it was all included. Neither is worse than the other.

Bono speaks very clearly, pronounces his words etc.

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Re: Has Bono's Irish accent diminished over the years?
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2013, 11:22:48 AM »
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I think what is funny is that he's lost his Irish accent, but is starting to look more and more like an old Irishman.

All the Guinness he's drunk made him stout.

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