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2005-11-27 01:07:21 PM
That's not good. How am I supposed to be able to:

1) determine smart people from dumb people
2) determine who is a Christian fundamentalist
3) determine who will shoot me if I talk about gun control

/please don't kill me
//using sarcasm to make fun of stereotypes
 
2005-11-27 01:08:43 PM
2005-11-27 01:04:21 PM Atomic_Puppy

Thank GOD! There is nothing more annoying than a southern accent!


Apparently, you have never been to New Jersey.

...or Southern California. *shudder*
 
2005-11-27 01:08:59 PM
I will say that the most annoying accent in the world is Madonna's faux English accent

/she's a farking poser
//slashie slash slash
 
2005-11-27 01:09:22 PM
I dunno... I've lived in Yankeeville (Michigan) fer purt-near 13 year, and it seems like the daisies up here really like it! Yep... even the daisies with most of their teeth!

Of course the guys at my local MENSA lodge really hate me for that.
 
2005-11-27 01:10:08 PM
LaughingGremlin

My parents sent me to electrocution lessons from the age of 5 for that very reason, bless them.


Electrocution lessons were always killer.
 
2005-11-27 01:10:19 PM
When I came to California in 1936 I lost the Missouri drawl real fast, because it was mistaken for Okie, and Okies were looked down on.
I still consider the soft drawl of a Missouri girl to be aphrodisiac.
 
2005-11-27 01:10:24 PM
Most northerners seem to think a southern accents means the person speaking with it is an inbred retard. The NY accent sounds just as moronic to me and I grew up there.

/Took a long time to lose the NY accent
//Accept when I'm drunk...!
 
2005-11-27 01:12:54 PM
 
2005-11-27 01:13:29 PM
y'all is a contraction for "you all." in that sense, it is actually grammatically correct (as much as any other contraction). it clears up the confusion between singular you and plural you, and sounds better than "you guys."
 
2005-11-27 01:15:56 PM
Hero tag?
 
2005-11-27 01:16:18 PM
18 years in middle tennessee, and 2 years in east tennessee... not much of an accent, really, i've always grown up around accent-less people, avoiding people with accents, forever really...

i have a deep voice most of the time, although when i start talking fast my voice is really nasal... i do catch myself speaking southern (not words, but drawl) when i mumble or am lazy... but otherwise when i try, i sound like a british guy immitating a southerner

when i took german, the deep voice helped, i sounded german
 
2005-11-27 01:17:01 PM
It's strange that such a teeny-small country as mine own (Scotland) can have 10-100 times more distinct accents/dialects than the whole of the US.

I don't quite get why either - it's the same in Dublin if you've ever been there: One single city has at least a dozen distinct accents that place you in a certain area of the city.

Anyone have any insight into why this is? If anything, you'd think that the Americans would have more distinct local accents as they've not had as long to homogenise.

Thoughts?
 
2005-11-27 01:17:03 PM
Georgia-bred humorist Roy Blount Jr. understands that people with strong Southern accents are often perceived as "slow and dimwitted."

Well, I'm glad the article recognized that prejudice has something to do with it.
 
2005-11-27 01:17:18 PM
I pretty much despise all American accents. It helps that I'm damn close to accentless, having moved between VA (twice), RI (twice), Hawaii, and now Kansas.

Got made fun of so much in Hawaii for my use of 'wicked' (having lived in RI for the previous 3 years) that I cannot use that word ever, even when drunk. And when I hear people use it, I immediately think they sound stupid.

The Missouri accent, which I hear quite often, is pretty bad too. Spent Thanksgiving at my girlfriend's aunt's house in Nevada, MO. It's apparently pronounced 'Nuh-VAY-duh'. Riiiiiight.
 
2005-11-27 01:17:32 PM
I once met a foxy woman at a bar in Chicago (Fado's - she worked there) - her name was Kirsten, Kirsty or something and she had the most gorgeous Georgia/Southern (Read Scarlett O'Hara type accent.I'm English so can't really differentiate!)
Never mind hit her- I could have just listened to her talk all night!
 
2005-11-27 01:17:55 PM
Valley Girl Accent. Real Old. Real Fast.

Southern Accent = Meh. Some people love it. I've been here 15 years, no accent. Probably because my parents were from Cincinnati.
 
2005-11-27 01:18:08 PM
Good! Let it die out!
Many kinds of accents are very interesting to hear and some of them are even quite a turn on, but the Southern accents are like nails on a chalkboard to me.

Sure, if I grew up there it would likely be different, bit I didn't so it's not.
 
2005-11-27 01:18:31 PM
Ashe County, North Carolina actually has a distinct accent of its own. They are super hard to understand even though I go to school just one county south. It's truly bizzare.
 
2005-11-27 01:18:59 PM
Try being an Asian person was raised in the south. I grew up in North Carolina and I remember getting weird stares from people whenever I talked to them. Now, try imagining my poor dad who had a combined Asian and Southern accent. Sometimes, I wished he had subtitles pop up whenever he talked in English...

Mine went away after six years in the military. It still comes out every once and a while if I'm drunk.
 
2005-11-27 01:20:18 PM
If the accent weren't associated with dumb-ass rednecks of the worst kind, it wouldn't have to disappear. I would be happier if the South got rid of those, rather than the accent.

Unfortunately, it's probably easier to give up an accent than give up an attitude.
 
2005-11-27 01:20:37 PM
Grown up southern, never had an accent, never will.
Unless it's intentional, y'all.

Guess I wound up with the tv/inner-monologue/book reader accent. When I was a kid they always said I talked like a northerner.
 
2005-11-27 01:21:32 PM
Maybe Madonna can use this technology to get rid of that damn British accent she "picked up" recently.
 
2005-11-27 01:21:58 PM
Do you think I should take a class
To lose my southern accent?
Did I make me up
Or make the face til it stuck?
I do the best imitation of myself.

-ben folds

First thing I thought of.

Seriously, though, I think "y'all" is stupid. "You" is already plural, depedning on context. It doesn't need to be pluralized.

That's not to say I'm just bashing on Southerners. People in all different parts of the country (I'm looking at you, Boston) have some, er, interesting interpretations of the English language.
 
2005-11-27 01:22:12 PM
I have the perfect blend of Minnesota and Georgia accents.
It's funny because when I go to MN they ask me where my accent is, and when in GA I get no comments on my accent whatsoever.
 
2005-11-27 01:22:18 PM


Accent rly?
 
2005-11-27 01:22:45 PM
I'm from central Virginia, and raised by northern parents. There's a little bit of an accent around these parts, but mostly people have the homogenized news anchor accents. My friend in North Carolina though, she's got a bit of an accent even though she doesn't hear it.
 
2005-11-27 01:24:55 PM
2005-11-27 01:10:19 PM Walter E. Wallis

When I came to California in 1936 I lost the Missouri drawl real fast, because it was mistaken for Okie, and Okies were looked down on.
I still consider the soft drawl of a Missouri girl to be aphrodisiac.


According to your profile you were four years old in 1936; how much of an accent could you have had, and wouldn't you have "lost" it nearly immediately?

/ex-girlfriend spoke only Spanish till kindergarten, and today speaks English with no trace of an accent
 
2005-11-27 01:25:11 PM
Unavailable for comment...

 
2005-11-27 01:25:17 PM
Good. I don't prejudge people based on their accents, but Southern accents are the annoying and stupid sounding and just make me want to slap the person. But, honestly, I take particular care not to prejudge people based on it.

(Besides, 90% of people with a Southern accent do something to prove how stupid they are within ten minutes. No prejudice necessary.)
 
2005-11-27 01:26:11 PM
the funnest part about working in a call center is talking to different people from around the country. even more fun is trying to spit their dialect back at them in a way they can understand. breaks up the long boring nights.
 
2005-11-27 01:26:16 PM
Accents are weird. Growing up in Florida, you meet so many people from so many different places, that, you don't have an accent. (Rare exception being the few and far between true southerners in Florida.) I always wondered if the people with the accent noticed how they talked.
 
2005-11-27 01:26:46 PM
"1) determine smart people from dumb people"

Hey I'm not dumb!

"2) determine who is a Christian fundamentalist"

I'm atheist!

"3) determine who will shoot me if I talk about gun control"

...Ah crap. Oh well I can turn my accent on and off when necessary, you'll never see the shot coming. The last thing you'll hear is "Excuse me sir, I'd really appreciate it if you would...GIT OFF MAH PORCH BOY!"
 
2005-11-27 01:27:08 PM
I know its wrong but I always look down on people with southern accents. That accent really makes you sound stupid and I just can't help but think of people with a southern accent as stupid.

It doesn't help that I have yet to meet anyone who breaks that stereotype.
 
2005-11-27 01:27:37 PM
It's funny how the article glosses over the fact that the "appalachain" dialect is spreading. I live in northern Ohio (Toledo) and I can't drive an hour south without gas station attendants thinking I'm from Canada.

/"Howdy, y'all, I'm from Columbus!"
 
2005-11-27 01:28:35 PM
It's a shame that the ebonics folks don't take this much pride in themselves.
 
2005-11-27 01:28:44 PM
I've lived in too many places to have one distinct accent. I've ended up with a kind of Texas meets Australia thing. Works well with the chicas from both places though.
 
2005-11-27 01:29:22 PM
Self-hating Southerners.
 
2005-11-27 01:29:33 PM
Women with a Southern accent sound hot. Men with a Southern accent sound unintelligent.

/stereotyping to the max
/still true
 
2005-11-27 01:29:37 PM
aerojockey:

Good. I don't prejudge people based on their accents, but Southern accents are the annoying and stupid sounding and just make me want to slap the person. But, honestly, I take particular care not to prejudge people based on it.

(Besides, 90% of people with a Southern accent do something to prove how stupid they are within ten minutes. No prejudice necessary.)




I tend to think an Ohio accent is one of the most annoying accents in the US. I honestly prejudge it.
 
2005-11-27 01:30:12 PM
I know its wrong but I always look down on people with southern accents. That accent really makes you sound stupid and I just can't help but think of people with a southern accent as stupid.

It doesn't help that I have yet to meet anyone who breaks that stereotype.


Oh?
And how many people is it you've actually met that reinforced that stereotype?

Bigotry is bigotry regardless of the direction it's aimed in.
 
2005-11-27 01:30:25 PM
As an Atlantian, I find the southern accent thing interesting. Because, believe it or not, there really isn't an accent that is associated with the city of Atlanta. A good portion of people who live here are transplants from other areas, and thus causing a huge messing of accents. So, what tends to happen most often, is that there really is no accent associated with the city, as they all cancel each other out. I know people from New York, California, various countries in Europe, etc., who live in the Atlanta area and they all have the consensus that there really is no accent in this city. Now, once you leave the perimeter, that is a totally different matter all together....

/born in Atlanta
//has no accent, and does not say things such as "yall" or "aint"
///speaks proper English as well
 
2005-11-27 01:30:26 PM
Well, there's two sorts of southern accents... one sounds cultured and refined, and doesn't reflect poorly on the speaker. One sounds like you jist gawt dun drinkin' a bir an now you gunna go beacho wife.
 
2005-11-27 01:30:29 PM
What will happen to hip hop?
 
2005-11-27 01:30:53 PM
Boston accent gets that hats off most annoying accent trophy in my book.

/"Errra"....
 
2005-11-27 01:31:40 PM
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...give me a girl with a southern accent.


...in a white dress.


...with a white umbrella.


...with long blond hair.


///whoa...maybe I need to get out more.
 
2005-11-27 01:31:57 PM
As a lifelong Georgia resident, I have the authority to make this observation:

People from Tennessee have the WORST Southern accents.
People from coastal South Carolina/Georgia have the BEST Southern accents, especially among the more genteel areas.

PS---the further south you go in Florida, the further you get from The South. You start going North again.
 
2005-11-27 01:36:42 PM
Mandatory comment about Southern accents:

As a plural form of "you", "y'all" sounds a lot nicer than the "youse" or "yinz(P'burgh)" you hear a lot in the Northeast.

/Born in Alabama
//Consider that my "license to y'all"
 
2005-11-27 01:37:35 PM
I dated a girl that had a semi-hot southern accent, only to learn that she was faking it and was really from Jersey. That's when I figured out how easy an accent is to fake, and that a shiat load of people are faking it as well. My bet is that half of the people at a NASCAR race are faking the accent to fit in, for an obvious example.

/I attract the psychos...
 
2005-11-27 01:38:07 PM
graveleye

I tend to think an Ohio accent is one of the most annoying accents in the US. I honestly prejudge it.

I do too. I have to prejudge Ohio accents because Ohioans only take 20 minutes to do something to prove they're stupid.
 
2005-11-27 01:40:49 PM
There has to be a consensus on this though: Saying idea as "idear" is a w-t-f. How did an extra r get slapped on the end of the word?
 
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