My maternal grandfather (who died before I was born) was from Edinburgh, and named his four daughters after English Queens.
Perhaps Quentin Crisp, Danny LaRue, Larry Grayson, and Elton John? I jest...
Didn't know 'yokel' was UK slang
"Yokel" is similar to "country bumpkin" - picture someone in a smock and floppy hat, with a hay straw dangling from his mouth - I think Monty Python used this caricature in a sketch about village idiots, but I'm too lazy to look it up. Don't know its etymology, but I doubt it's Yiddish. Traditionally, a "yokel" is portrayed as not too bright, and speaking with some kind of south-western accent, eg.Cornwall or Dorset, punctuated by phrases like "Oo, arr", and is a farmer or farm-worker. In actual use, it just refers to local yobbos and others intolerant or suspicious of outsiders, such as those SepticTone took precautions against. The film "Straw Dogs" shows a rather extreme example of these, with Peter Vaughan as the yokel patriarch, and Dustin Hoffman as the "can't we just get along?" septic intruder who had the effrontery to marry a local girl (Susan George).
I suppose "redneck" or "hillbilly" would be the septic equivalent.
Re SepticTone's Skipton video: I definitely saw the Blair Witch influence on the cinematography, and got a bit queasy, but I think I saw more of it than I did of Blair Witch. Didn't realise how historic Skipton is, judging from the architecture, and the castle of course. Reminded me a bit of my home town (Chester), but smaller of course, and Chester's old buildings are sandstone and thus reddish rather than whatever stone was used in Yorkshire (and Derbyshire). Limestone?
It seems like shopping malls have taken after the American model, except they're Olde English versions with Laura Ashley and M&S everywhere instead of Best Buy and Macy's (I try to avoid them so my examples may be off).
Regarding the main topic: Americans sometimes ask, "are you from London?" as the equivalent of "are you from England?". They also cannot distinguish a northern accent from a southern one, hard as that is to believe. I was at an artists' open studio the other weekend with an American friend, who I knew thought all English accents were alike. We happened upon a Londoner with some interesting paintings. I asked my friend if she could tell the difference in our accents (no). So I asked the artist to say the word "afternoon", and she obliged with "ahhfternoon" as I knew she would. At least my friend got that difference - i.e. Northerners pronounce it correctly
My theory is that the reason Americans think English accents are the same, and vice versa, is that they notice the similarities in English speech, rather than the differences - this probably should be in another topic, but there you go...