It’s a condition so rare only 100 people in the past 100 years have felt its effects—a unusual neurological disorder caused a Texas mother to go from sounding like an authentic Southerner to a native Brit.
According to USA Today, Lisa Alamia underwent a simple surgery to fix her overbite, but it had unforeseeable consequences on her speech.
Her children believed she was joking or playing a prank initially, but came to realize her natural accent had shifted drastically—Alamia sounds indistinguishable from someone who grew up in the U.K.
Doctors have reportedly been unable to specify exactly why this occurred.
Alamia, who is of Hispanic heritage, joked that she can no longer say words such as “tamales” with the correct inflection, which her children find incredibly amusing.
She told KHOU that she initially felt uncomfortable speaking openly in front of neighbors and friends in Rosenberg, TX, fearing that they may believe she is faking her condition.
“I didn’t know the reaction I was going to get from people,” she said. “So I didn’t know if they’re going to judge me. Are they going to think I’m lying or even understand how I’m speaking?”
However, she’s grown more open to embracing her new accent and paying less attention to what others think.
If Alamia ever decides to take a vacation to the U.K., at least she’ll appear to fit right in as a local.
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