Patrick Stewart Moos on Podcast to Show Cows' Regional Dialects

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Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 01:49 PM

By Robin Farmer

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Sir Patrick Stewart let out a few moos for the podcast "How to Do Everything" following a BBC report that cows, like people, have accents.

In perhaps one of the most creative roles of his life, Stewart impersonated cows from different areas — including America — in response to a question from a listener.

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A caller who said she moos with "kind of an American, Nevadan accent" asked: Just how would a person moo in a British accent?

The question had puzzled her for a few months.

"It's not a simple, straightforward answer unlike, probably, many other country where cows moo as cows moo,” Stewart responded, according to NPR.

“In England, we're dominated by class, by social status and by location. So, for example, a cow that is in the field next to my house in West Oxfordshire would moo in one kind of way, and a cow in a field in the semi-industrial town I grew up in in the North of England would moo in another kind of way."

He continued milking the topic.

“If I were at home in West Oxfordshire right now and I walked down my lane ... and I say, 'Hi, good morning, cows. And they would moo at me like this: 'Mooooooouhh.' Now that's a very conservative moo. ... You can hear the difference can’t you?”

Urban cows sound different from rural and suburban ones, he said.

Stewart’s wife is from Nevada so he also impersonated a Nevada cow, whose pitch is more nasal and high-pitched.

Well-bred cows, he assumed, would moo in a refined way by not moving their lips much.

NPR commenters seemed to take the mooing discourse in good stride.

“Glad to see Sir Patrick is a good sport and doesn't take himself too seriously,” said one commenter. “I suppose anyone who took themselves too seriously could never have gotten into some of those outfits that he wore for Star Trek."

One person dismissed the topic as “udder nonsense.”

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