What do we call it, when someone is reading a message(like SMS/whatsapp) with sender's accent? By imagining how the sender should have pronounced, reader reads with same accent.

He is ____ the message, everyone around him got reminded of the sender.

I thought of using the word 'imitating'. But I feel, it didn't suit.


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mimic ;
3rd person present: mimics; past tense: mimicked; past participle: mimicked; gerund or present participle: mimicking
imitate (someone or their actions or words), typically in order to entertain or ridicule.
"she mimicked Eileen's voice"
(compiled from sources by Google)

See also: mimic on ODOL

  • Mimic is used with other situations as well. But I need a word which is specific to mentioned situation.
    – srand9
    Jun 18, 2016 at 7:51
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    @Balu_Madaraju this answer is correct. There might not be any word specific to mimicking the sender's accent.
    – NVZ
    Jun 18, 2016 at 9:28
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    I agree with mimic. This is a particular idiomatic use of that word. If I am just putting on a small accent to convey a sense of person and place while reading a letter from my sister to my mom, I call that mimicking. However, if I am overdoing it for humorous effect, then I am parodying it.
    – Phil Sweet
    Jun 18, 2016 at 13:22
  • Please add appropriate attribution for your quote. I tried googling part of your quote but I cannot find the exact quote online.
    – JJJ
    Oct 14, 2018 at 23:13
  • @JJJ Usually it is the Oxford (cited above) that Google quotes; though at times (as in this case) it is compiled by Google from various sources.
    – Kris
    Oct 16, 2018 at 6:43

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