Linguists have been drafted in to try and find out where the Mumbles accent comes from and why some people down there speak like that. 

The accent has puzzled people all over the city for years, with locals often jumping between a faux Welsh accent and Keanu Reeves in Point Break.

Linguist Rob Phillips said: “Its a head scratcher. We’ve been working undercover listening into conversations in Mumbles for six months.

“We’ve found the older generation, aged 50+ are just nicely spoken. The 25-49 age group is the challenge.

“I was in Mumbles Coffee in the arcade the other day and there was a group of Mumbles women there, maybe in their late 30s or early 40s. They weren’t even talking coherently, just bellowing out elongated words with upward inflections.

“Occasionally, someone they knew from another part of Swansea would come in and the accent just became louder and more Welsh. Not Welsh with any sort of regional influence, but kind of how actors on EastEnders assume Welsh people talk.

“There’s extensive use of the word ‘like’ too. A typical sentence, spelt phonetically, sounds like this: “Eeeye dunnnoo what I’d liiike, like.” The final ‘like’ is a lot higher pitched than the one that precedes it.

“The laugh is also strange, it’s a gravelly, very loud laugh which is literally ‘HAHAHAHAHA’ in a ‘look at me, I’m laughing at something moderately funny as loud as I can’ kind of way.

“We’re going to need to spend some more time in Jones Bar to try and get our heads around it, largely because it’s a great bar, once you get over the accents.”

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