Alexa Can Now Say 'Blimey'

By Holly Brockwell on at

Developers making skills for Amazon's Alexa voice assistant can now make it excessively British, with 'speechcons' (pre-programmed words and phrases) including "simples," "bob's your uncle," "whoops a daisy," "tally ho," "oh my giddy aunt," "good grief" and a load more.

Unfortunately, they can also add breathing and whispering, which isn't really something we want. Listening to someone whisper is about the most toe-curling thing in the world, and adverts already overuse it. Especially on the radio. Ugh.

You don't have to be a developer to hear all the Britishisms Amazon's added: there's a list here with audio clips.

Whoever gets to decide which daft phrases get added next, we want their job. 'Queen Of British English, Amazon UK' – imagine that on your LinkedIn. As Alexa would say, "crikey."

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