You know that friend who comes back from studying abroad with a totally fake accent? What if they weren't actually faking their new brogue or twang? No, they may not have learned it - but they might be suffering from something known as foreign accent syndrome (FAS).
What is foreign accent syndrome? It is an unusual condition where a person begins speaking with a foreign accent for no apparent reason. Sufferers of foreign accent syndrome usually haven't visited the country or region their accent comes from, and they can't stop it. FAS research has revealed some of the reasons behind the peculiar condition, but there are still a lot of questions surrounding the ailment. Below are some bizarre facts and stories surrounding the science of FAS.