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    Why does "Here goes nothing" have almost the same meaning as "Here we go"? I mean, it's "nothing"...you know...
    Maybe it's a BE thing, but I don't say 'here goes nothing'. 'Here we go' can be negative or positive in BE. It can be said before an unpleasant event, but it is also sung by football fans.
    I found it in the dialogue in Star Wars.

    By the way, as a British, why do you think C3-PO speaks with a broad British accent?
    I believe it was because C3-PO and his kind were fashioned after English butlers. :wink: Their job was to serve humankind in various aspects of life.

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    Why does "Here goes nothing" have almost the same meaning as "Here we go"? I mean, it's "nothing"...you know...
    Maybe it's a BE thing, but I don't say 'here goes nothing'. 'Here we go' can be negative or positive in BE. It can be said before an unpleasant event, but it is also sung by football fans.
    I found it in the dialogue in Star Wars.

    By the way, as a British, why do you think C3-PO speaks with a broad British accent?
    I believe it was because C3-PO and his kind were fashioned after English butlers. :wink: Their job was to serve humankind in various aspects of life.
    Any comments on this one, Red5?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    I believe it was because C3-PO and his kind were fashioned after English butlers. :wink: Their job was to serve humankind in various aspects of life.
    I can see how that would fit. I don't know the actual facts, but this sounds like a very plausible theory to me.
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    Thank you!

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    The chatterbot Garner dreams of sounds very much like C3PO, the butler-like humanoid robot of the "Star Wars" trilogy, which Garner said had inspired him as a youth. It is no surprise that most chatterbot developers cite popular culture as a key influence on their career choices. From Isaac Asimov to Arthur C. Clarke, science fiction has laid out the research goals for artificial intelligence enthusiasts.

    http://www.weblab.org/press/031899nytimes.htm
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    Thanks again! :wink:

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    Matthew, Kent
    What made you choose C-3PO's voice as like a butler's?

    AD: That's a good question Matthew because it took me ages. I was working on the film for six months before we began shooting and then suddenly all the scripts I'd been reading and the costume and the places we were in and generally the character somehow it all came together.
    I tried different voices and came up with - "I am C3PO human cyborg relations". And what I didn't know at the time was that George Lucas had a completely different idea and went - Cor I don't like that but we'll do something about it later. And then when he tried to do a different voice it kind of didn't work and he stuck with mine - lucky.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/ch....stm#question3
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    :D

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    "George originally wanted him to have a slightly acerbic Bronx car-dealer type of voice," he says. The "English butler" voice and hence Daniels's speaking role - only prevailed late in the day, but for a single surviving Americanism: a hard "c" in his announcement that Princess Leia was "scheduled to be terminated".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    "George originally wanted him to have a slightly acerbic Bronx car-dealer type of voice," he says. The "English butler" voice and hence Daniels's speaking role - only prevailed late in the day, but for a single surviving Americanism: a hard "c" in his announcement that Princess Leia was "scheduled to be terminated".

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    What is "a single surviving Americanism", and "a hard c"?

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