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Scottish accents are historically pretty thick, and voice-recognition programs like Alexa and Siri are historically pretty bad at picking up thick accents. That little combination of unfortunate factors spurred writers of a BBC sketch show to come up with a wonderful idea: what if a few Scottish guys were stuck on an elevator with voice recognition software?

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The Scots are hopelessly unable to get out of the elevator, especially when they try to talk like Americans. It seems that for those boys on “the isle,” it’s difficult to say even the number 11 in any accent other than the one they’re born with.


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