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(Mental Floss)   When you mock someone's accent, you come off as an idiot. Not because you're being a jerk. It's because you're doing it wrong   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 22
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2013-07-29 07:49:37 PM  
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2013-07-29 06:55:49 PM  
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What about using accent as a synonym for dialect?
2013-07-30 12:12:44 AM  
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ArcadianRefugee: ciberido: It's no more "wrong" than, say, ... "I love fish."

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I was thinking of Vladimir Putin.

And yes, there's a Fark thread.
2013-07-29 09:07:20 PM  
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puffy999: firsttiger: I went through the same thing when I was in Oregon. The moment I said New York when asked where I was from, I got "why don't you have an accent?" as well as a stupid joke about how I wasn't rude enough to be from NY.

Shut up and get me some steamed hams.


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2013-07-29 09:04:08 PM  
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2013-07-29 08:45:57 PM  
1 votes:
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2013-07-29 08:32:50 PM  
1 votes:

DubtodaIll: I'm Georgian and have never heard someone say "liketa". Maybe it's an Bama thing.


If it is, it's not just from the South proper; it's fairly common in at least some parts of Appalachia as well.

Fix or fixin', used to mean either "preparing to take some action" or "making something," is the one that drives my (Michigan-born) wife nuts.  Unfortunately it's also one of the few major features of the dialect that I can't seem to turn off, especially in reference to cooking.
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2013-07-29 08:28:34 PM  
1 votes:

jigger: One southern phrase that hurts my ears is "used to could."

Can you do a split?

Not anymore, but I used to could.



A similar one makes me twitch: "might could".
Go for a hike?
Sure, but it might could rain. Let's go to a movie.
2013-07-29 08:26:27 PM  
1 votes:
When you confuse "dialect" with "accent," you come off as an idiot, subby.
2013-07-29 08:22:45 PM  
1 votes:
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Would you pick an accent and stick with it!?
2013-07-29 07:58:34 PM  
1 votes:

JasonOfOrillia: One of my daily coffee buddies is from the UK.  He'll start mocking the way we say things, both the accent and the terminology, so I just start doing the same thing back at him.  It's great fun.

/flapjacks are pancakes, not oat cakes, damnit.


Unless he speaks with a proper London accent (not Cockney though) he has no business mocking the way anyone else speaks. Most of the British are appalling speakers of English.
2013-07-29 07:57:36 PM  
1 votes:

Guuberre: How all y'all doin'?


all y'all is the plural
2013-07-29 07:44:31 PM  
1 votes:
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2013-07-29 07:39:43 PM  
1 votes:
BTW subby, none of the three things discussed in the article are accents. They are, as TFA calls them in the freaking title, dialect issues.
2013-07-29 07:37:30 PM  
1 votes:
Here in Connecticut I have spoken with numerous people who use "for" in place of "so"

For example they might say : I am going to the store for I can get something to eat.
2013-07-29 07:32:05 PM  
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Debeo Summa Credo: ThatGuyFromTheInternet: gfid: That's funny because when I was younger and told people where I was from, I'd often hear "That's funny, you don't have an accent."  I haven't heard that in a while, not because I've developed an accent, but probably more so that I haven't run across uneducated idiots who thinks everyone has an over-exaggerated accent.

Likewise, as a suburban middle-class kid 20 miles west of Boston, I've heard "I though you'd talk like the Kennedys".

If you grew up 20 miles west of Boston, and didn't leave there long ago, you'd still have a very noticeable accent.

/grew up 35 miles west of Boston
//still have traces of the accent, 20 yeahs laytah.


Wista? Besides, the accent is more of a class thing for Boston. I am pure lace curtain
2013-07-29 07:25:37 PM  
1 votes:
What about "axe" instead of "ask"?
2013-07-29 07:19:00 PM  
1 votes:

talkertopc: What about using accent as a synonym for dialect?


It's more properly a patois.
2013-07-29 07:13:11 PM  
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gfid: That's funny because when I was younger and told people where I was from, I'd often hear "That's funny, you don't have an accent."  I haven't heard that in a while, not because I've developed an accent, but probably more so that I haven't run across uneducated idiots who thinks everyone has an over-exaggerated accent.


I have heard the same thing from people about how I don't have an accent. Those people are morans that don't seem to be aware of the entire state that exists above N.Y.C. Jerks
2013-07-29 07:05:15 PM  
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JasonOfOrillia: One of my daily coffee buddies is from the UK.  He'll start mocking the way we say things, both the accent and the terminology, so I just start doing the same thing back at him.  It's great fun.

/flapjacks are pancakes, not oat cakes, damnit.


The easiest way to acquire a new accent is by mocking it. He'll pick up the local accent he's been making fun of without realizing he's done it and his homies in the UK will laugh and laugh at him.
2013-07-29 06:56:07 PM  
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One of my daily coffee buddies is from the UK.  He'll start mocking the way we say things, both the accent and the terminology, so I just start doing the same thing back at him.  It's great fun.

/flapjacks are pancakes, not oat cakes, damnit.
2013-07-29 06:54:03 PM  
1 votes:
So we're speaking English incorrectly incorrectly.
 
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