I have the most shocking New Zild
accent. Working in a public library I try to talk as 'proper' and clearly as I possibly can, especially when dealing with the increasingly large number of patrons who don't speak English well, but, sometimes my vowels just morph together into a mass of dipthongs and random noises created by my tongue falling over my teeth.
Yesterday I was on reference when a guy about my age came up to the desk.
"Excuse me, I'm looking for a book that will explain the various types of air conditioning."
He had a very pleasant English accent - a bit posh. Very nice.
"No, air conditioning. My ears are in fine condition."
"Haha. Nearly. Can you hear it? Ear. Air."
"No, you're losing it now."
I laughed at myself, and suggested we just look it up. Having found some likely hits, I took him to the right shelf and let him browse for himself. I spent the rest of my shift silently voicing the words to myself: 'Air'. 'Ear'.
I cannot, for the life of me, discern the difference between them.