Wednesday, April 21, 2010

MIGRAINE, CHINESE, TIM GUNN

I read about a woman in Great Britain whom, after suffering a 3-day migraine, awoke with a Chinese accent. Physicians claim she is suffering from Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS). It's an actual condition, though rare. There is a video of it (I've seen it), where the patient discusses her ordeal. She is British, but speaks with this weird Chinese accent. This freaked me out a bit because I have had 2 and 3 day migraine headaches-though none of late.

Can you imagine how odd it would be? She said she woke up the morning after her headache and was speaking in this odd dialect. She has never been to China and does not know Chinese. Her voice sounds very strange to her and now is very disturbing. It's been many weeks and she is becoming quite distressed by it. Reactions to her new voice have been mixed, but mostly negative. According to the woman, people think she "is stupid" or "pretending". Her family has accepted it for the most part, but she has difficult interacting with strangers or others who question her "new" voice.

Doctors say the strange accent can last for several weeks to months, or can be permanent. No one knows for sure. Obviously, this poor woman has suffered a type of brain damage in the speech centers of the brain. And Chinese???? Where in the world did THAT come from? She even pauses haltingly like a stereotypical Chinese speaker would.

So I started to imagine what accent I would wake up with after one of "bin busters" (as we used to call them). Accents of choice:

My Aunt Shirley: Imagine Marge Simpsons' sisters with culture and an IQ of 200.

Paul McCartney: just a bloke from Liverpool.

Rastafarian: I could grow dreads and defend my dissertation with beads in my hair.

Brekken: The imaginary language of my sons as they were growing up and continue to this day.

Heidi Klum: But I get to keep Tim Gunn as a friend.

Okay....so I've never actually WISHED for a headache, but....

6 comments:

Abby said...

I've never wished for a headache, but I've often wished for a British Accent. How cool would that be?!

nancy said...

this sounds like synesthesia gone amok! how bizarre.

The Katzbox said...

I KNOW!!! It was the oddest thing...but I'm wondering how long Foreign Accent Syndrome has been around. What happened before people were routinely exposed to global cultures? It's interesting....

Emmy Slusser said...

It would be so cool to wake up with a foreign accent. Of course, that would be the day that Jacob gets transferred to England for a job and then I'd be nothing special. . .

The Katzbox said...

hahahahahahaha.....*ew*

The Katzbox said...

The irony of this is, I woke up this morning with a pounder. The worst migraine I've had in a long long time....nausea, the whole 9 yards. It's 2:41 and I still haven't washed my face...

And no. No accent. Just me writhing.