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  • For fun, when I first met my ex-wife's friends from Mass, I laid on a thick Down East accent, with heavy lashings of Skiddah Tahk from up north way. We talked about education theory, theater, even philosophy and music. The looks on their faces as someone dressed in flannel could even pronounce Spinoza and articulate upon monads was priceless.

    Accents place us. Dialect places us. That folks tend to think that accent and dialect have a direct relationship to social standing isn't terribly surprising. That they tend to think upon intelligence and other traits are related to those accents isn't terribly surprising either.

    As I get older, I let a bit more of the drawl that I grew up with show through. It is tinged with a bit of Texas twang, and gets thoroughly confused with the time I spent in Down East Maine. While I was out in Phoenix, some folks thought it was charming. In Mass, some folks seem to think it translates directly to some redneck from Away. They're both right. I am who I am, even if I put on an American Broadcast English accent, or I slide into the fuzzy lazy drawl that I tend towards when I drink a bit. I used to care more about what folks thought about accent, and as I get older, I just can't give as many f*cks as I used to if someone might think. The content of the conversation remains the same, the quality of ideas remains the same, and if folks are so narrow minded as to not appreciate the splendor of the English language to adapt and change and remain intelligible, then screwum.
  • Link won't load for me, so forgive me for talking out of my ass.

    Southern accents aren't indicative of ignorance. If anything, those who disparage it wholesale are the ones who can't see the forest for the trees. Making fun of the South is as popular as mocking any other scapegoat if it means avoiding the stupidity in your own community.

    The Tea Party has been elected all over the nation, son. Even the seats they lost were narrow and far from the kiss-mah-grits South you all enjoy mocking. Paranoid dittoheads are everywhere.

    You people are no better than we are. You're just as bigoted and wrong-headed as we are, but live in a narrowly blue state. This makes you comfortable in projecting all your flaws upon us. Some of the blue states had as narrow a margin for as we had against.

    Tide is changing, my friends, the South is still red but it's uncomfortably close for the old guard.
  • Meh, I don't mind it so much. Only when it's combined with overalls and missing teeth.
  • Southern ACtions are indicative of ignorance, especially with all this Creationism nonsense (yeah, I'm also talking to you, Indiana)

    An ACcent happens to be correlated if you're easily prejudiced.
  • I work with people all over the South by phone every day, and I can assure you there's no correlation between Southern accents and intelligence

    /I can however report that Circle K managers are, as a group, some of the slowest people I've ever dealt with in my life
    //and there's no way in hell I can take a life insurance salesman with a Texas drawl seriously
    ///YMMV
  • dickfreckle: Making fun of the South is as popular as mocking any other scapegoat if it means avoiding the stupidity in your own community.


    I know you couldn't read the article, so this is just FYI: negative stereotypes associated with southern accents are just as common among southerners as northerners in people aged ten or higher, although young southern kids (5 or 6) are not judgmental when it comes to accent, but northern kids are.

    So, it's really saying that at some point, Americans from all over develop a bias against southern accents as they get older, not just the people who don't live there.
  • Aversion to a long Island or Jersey accent is established after having a clue.
  • optikeye: Aversion to a long Island or Jersey accent is established after having a clue.


    That's pretty much the only accent I have ever discriminated against, aside from Welsh people. Partially because I've known a lot of people with thick Southern accents, who were actually highly educated and unbiased. Every educated person I've ever met from NY/NJ/Boston had managed to drop their accent, for the most part. And the uneducated people from that area go out of their way to thicken the accent.
  • HotWingAgenda: And the uneducated people from that area go out of their way to thicken the accent.


    And it really screws up gay porn. A guy with southern accent saying "Suck my dick" is kinda hot...a guy with a Jersey Accent saying the same thing just makes me laugh.
  • I've lived down here for 14 years, and I know damn well Southern accents have nothing to do with intelligence. I've developed an inflection myself, though not a big one, and I've long since decided that y'all is the most insidious word in the English language. And I still routinely underestimate people with strong Southern accents.

    Ten-year-old children from both Chicago and Tennessee thought the Northern-accented individuals were "smarter" and "in charge," and that the Southern-accented individuals were "nicer."

    This makes this doubly interesting. And yeah, Southern accents do make people sound nicer. There is a fantastic culture of language subtext with what Southerners say, it really is interesting. No born and raised Southerner will ever tell you straight out what they think for the most part. You can get it out of them, but it's layered. You just learn to read through it. And there is no greater insult than 'bless your heart.'
  • Living outside the city in Georgia didn't help that stereotype. Also we need more people like Bill Hicks if you want to turn it around.

    /I also think tha bahston accent is frikken tapped in the head.
  • Makh: Living outside the city in Georgia didn't help that stereotype. Also we need more people like Bill Hicks if you want to turn it around.

    /I also think tha bahston accent is frikken tapped in the head.


    I used to have some variant NY/Boston accent from learning to speak in Connecticut before it got obliterated by speech therapy. I used to stutter pretty bad apparently and it seems to be slowly coming back. Left me with this really bland generic American accent I still mostly have.
  • Lionel Mandrake: I know you couldn't read the article, so this is just FYI: negative stereotypes associated with southern accents are just as common among southerners as northerners in people aged ten or higher, although young southern kids (5 or 6) are not judgmental when it comes to accent, but northern kids are.

    So, it's really saying that at some point, Americans from all over develop a bias against southern accents as they get older, not just the people who don't live there.


    This is fair. But what about Charlotte, New Orleans, Atanta, et al? As a Southerner there's nothing more frustrating than being considered part of rural Alabama.
  • PSA: if you think a southern accent means ignorant/uneducated, there are quite a few folks in the south who aren't even a teensy bit ignorant or uneducated who will use the hell out of that against you.
  • AH WUSH MAHSELF WIT A RAG ONN A STIKK
  • My ex-fiancee had a touch of a southern accent. I found it hot. Plus she looked like a cross between Reese Witherspoon and a young Cybil Shepard. She has a MSW and is pretty smart.

    I lived with her for a bit in Missouri. Then she turned into a violent drunk. Still, I wish it would have worked out.

    /would date another Southerner
    //though one that did not throw plates at my head
  • I've found that Northerners find a touch of Southern drawl charming; use a bit too much, of course, and they marvel that I'm wearing shoes and ask if my brother and I are "just friends." Sigh.

    /doesn't help that I caught mono from my brother.
    //I drank after him.
    ///Yes, I did.
    ////Oh, shut up.
  • L.D. Ablo: My ex-fiancee had a touch of a southern accent. I found it hot. Plus she looked like a cross between Reese Witherspoon and a young Cybil Shepard. She has a MSW and is pretty smart.

    I lived with her for a bit in Missouri. Then she turned into a violent drunk. Still, I wish it would have worked out.

    /would date another Southerner
    //though one that did not throw plates at my head


    If she missed,she wasn't really serious about it

    /dated me some Southern womens with good aim
  • Here comes the science, y'all

    I couldn't help but read this in Paula Deen's voice.
  • Apos: Here comes the science, y'all

    I couldn't help but read this in Paula Deen's voice.


    She's ruined the word "Y'all" for everyone.

    ...at least, until a sextape is leaked where she's seen lubing up her anus with a stick of butter, bending over, holding her ass cheeks apart, and saying "Come on in Y'all". That will redeem the word.
  • FirstNationalBastard: Apos: Here comes the science, y'all

    I couldn't help but read this in Paula Deen's voice.

    She's ruined the word "Y'all" for everyone.

    ...at least, until a sextape is leaked where she's seen lubing up her anus with a stick of butter, bending over, holding her ass cheeks apart, and saying "Come on in Y'all". That will redeem the word.



    *Shudder* Thanks for the nightmare fuel. You shouldn't have.
  • optikeye: Aversion to a long Island or Jersey accent is established after having a clue.

     
    lol
  • FirstNationalBastard: he's seen lubing up her anus with a stick of butter, bending over, holding her ass cheeks apart, and saying "Come on in Y'all". That will redeem the word.


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  • Spend a few days in rural areas of WV,NC, GA and I can assure you that you'll have a southern drawl permanently associated with a low intellect.
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